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Acquisitions Information:

Archives gifted by Paula Rogovin.

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Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Box number, Folder number and/or title, Educators Against Racism and Apartheid Papers, MSS 291, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

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Collection Summary:


Historical Background:

Educators Against Racism and Apartheid was founded by educators in 1985 in New York City as <a name="OLE_LINK1">Educators Against Apartheid</a>. 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.

Processing Note:

Title: Association of Concerned Africa Scholars Papers

Comprises part of the African Activist Archive


1. Educators Against Racism and Apartheid Newsletter (Educators Against Apartheid (Dec. 1985-Dec. 1989); Educators Against Racism and Apartheid (Dec. 1990-March 1994)

2. Flyers, notices, calendar of events, boycott campaigns.

3. Petition with signatures.

4. Letters:

from children; originals from South African children at the ANC’s SOMAFCO primary school in Mazimbu and Morogoro, Tanzania; copies of three replies from Oliver Tambo, February 1987; originals and copies of letters from American children to teachers and to Oliver Tambo and to Presidents Reagan (1986) and Botha; clipping from The WREE VIEW of WOMEN [1987?] highlighting reproducing a child’s letter to Tambo.

5. Bower, Paula Rogovin. Harriet Tubman, Apartheid is bad, and other plays for young people. Teaneck, NJ: P.R. Bower, [1988?]. 22 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.

6. Photographs by Paula Rogovin and others supplied by the UN Special Committee used in preparation of the anti-apartheid filmstrip:

a) Rogovin’s Class 1-8, 1986-7- : plays, drawings, murals etc. about apartheid. b) UN photos: “Namibia: Birth of a New Nation” set (1990): independence celebration, the landscape, the people, Herero women, Himba people, James Baker and UN Secretary General, etc. c) Bishop Desmond Tutu with relatives of victims in Johannesburg, portrait of Bishop Desmond Tutu d) Steve Biko’s grave; Protests against Apartheid, Johannesburg; Winnie Mandela; Steve Wonder’s arrest in Washington; South African railway workers, apartheid society: signs on roads and buses, housing, dom pass, etc
7. Apartheid is wrong: a curriculum for young people by Paula Rogovin; produced by Educators Against Apartheid. (Jamaica, N.Y.: Educators Against Apartheid, 1989). 1 sound cassette, 1 filmstrip (75 fr.), 1 curriculum guide, 1 newsletter.

8. Audio Visual Materials

a) Filmstrip: “Apartheid is Wrong.” b) Audio Cassette: “Apartheid is Wrong.” Narrated by Ruby Dee. c) Written Commentary d) 2 more copies of (a)-(c). e) Video cassette: District 6, NYC Public Schools, Paula Rogovin’s Class;Black History Celebration 1990, plus ’91Apartheid speech. f) Video cassette: Paula Rogovin: Two programs: Live, black history month, 1990; USA and South Africa, a TV Play g) Video cassette: African American celebration at Aaron Davis Hall 2/24/93—Paula Rogovin’s Class.
9. Protest Buttons: “Educators Against Apartheid”.

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