RG 0054 Southern Africa Task Force/Free South Africa Movement
Identifier: RG 0054
This collection contains meeting minutes, organizational history, news clippings, correspondence, newsletters and event promotional materials related to the activities of the South Africa Task Force, a local South African protest group. Most materials document protest activities in Houston during the 1980s. Of interest are clippings of protest activities of Al Edwards and Ernest McGowen and materials on the boycott of the Shell company and other companies with financial ties to the South African Apartheid.
- Southern Africa Task Force (Organization)
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This collection is open for research.
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Permission to publish or reproduce materials from Southern Africa Task Force/ Free South Africa Movement Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
The Spark igniting the Southern Africa Task Force occurred in November 1981 when a South African dance troupe called Ipi Tombe came to Houston for the second year. Some members of the community discovered late during their first visit in 1980, that the troupe, was, a tool of the racist South African ruling minority. When they visited in 1981, some members of the community staged a picket encouraging the community not to attend the performance and to make them aware of the conditions of most of the people of South Africa. A foreign affair workshop was organized by the same group the following year and attended by Mickey Leland and other members of the Congressional Black Congress. The actual task force was not created until March 1982 when plans for South Africa-Namibia teach-In were made.
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These records were formerly housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library as RG F-27 Southern Africa Task Force/Free South Africa Movement Collection 1980s and was transferred to the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library in April 2019.
Processed by Suzanne Summers, January 1990; Reprocessed by Sheena Wilson June 2020
- RG 0054 Southern Africa Task Force/Free South Africa Movement
- An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
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