Educators Against Racism and Apartheid records Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS 291 large

Dates

  • 1985-1994 (Creation)

Extents

  • 1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 box

Subjects

Notes

  • Scope and Contents

    The Educators Against Racism and Apartheid records includes original and copied correspondence (for example with Oliver Tambo and young American children from the 1980s, and to President Reagan), organization publications (such as Apartheid Is Wrong: A Curriculum for Young People, and its Newsletter), anti-apartheid petitions, filmstrip, flyers, buttons, photographs, and videocassettes of sponsored events and performances (including a children's play and a school class) from 1990 to 1993.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Educators Against Racism and Apartheid was founded by educators in 1985 in New York City as Educators Against Apartheid. The name was changed because members of the group thought it important that educators deal with issues of racism in the United States at the same time that they dealt with apartheid in South Africa. The organization met monthly (except in summer), usually in the Riverside Church. The organization developed educational materials including a monthly newsletter, which went to teachers all over the United States. The organization published two editions of Apartheid Is Wrong: A Curriculum for Young People, which was funded in part by the United Nations Special Commission on Apartheid. The curriculum had lessons for teachers in all curriculum areas. It was used by teachers from early childhood classrooms all the way through universities. The group produced a filmstrip about many aspects of apartheid, particularly issues that impacted young people, with a cassette narrated by the Ruby Dee, who contributed her labor for the project.

    One of the organization’s projects was a boycott of Kellogg’s cereals because children could relate to Kellogg’s as opposed to other corporations that were involved in South Africa. Many young people participated in that boycott. The organization worked to get the Teacher’s Retirement System to divest itself from corporations doing business in South Africa. Members organized and participated in many demonstrations.

    The archive includes copies of the curriculum guide and the newsletter, some original and copied correspondence (for example with Oliver Tambo and young American children from the 1980s), both editions of the curriculum, anti-apartheid flyers, buttons, and photographs and videocassettes of group-sponsored events and performances (including a children’s play and a school class) from 1990 to 1993.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Archives gifted by Paula Rogovin.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is arranged by type of material.

  • Linking Entry Complexity Note

    Forms part of: African Activist Archive.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Educators Against Racism and Apartheid records, MSS 291, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

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