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Michael Fleshman African Solidarity T-shirt Collection, [1990?-2008?]Add to your cart.

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Contact Infomation:

pecial Collections

MSU  Libraries

366 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, MI 48824



URL: http://specialcollections.lib.msu.edu

Date Received:

Acquired 12/15/2009

Date Processed:


Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information:  Box number, Folder number and/or title,  Michael Fleshman African Solidarity T-shirt Collection, MSS 370, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Copyright Notice:

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

Usage Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Photoduplication Restrictions:

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Collection Summary:

The nine T-shirts in this collection were produced by a number of U.S. organizations. Most relate to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. One is in support of the struggle against military rule in Nigeria. This is an African Activist Archive collection.

Processing Note:

Processed by Jillian C. Coy, July 2013.


Box 1 T-shirt Description
Nkosi Sikelel' ¡Afrika! Text of a song that was an unofficial anthem of the freedom struggle in South Africa and now part of the South African national anthem. Text is in Xhosa and English.
  Chevwrong T-shirt is part of a campaign against Chevron's practices in Nigeria. The back of the T-shirt reads: Do people; murder, undermine democracy, threaten life thru / the decimation of the worlds ecological systems, / support unjust incarceration of / youth, people of color and the poor, / while exploiting workers and prison labor, / for exorbitant profits and corporate oil interests / in places like Nigeria, Iraq and California, / in the good old USA? / People Do.
  South African Women Crush Apartheid On the front of the shirt is a photograph of Winnie Mandela. On the back of the T-shirt is text from the oft-quoted poem about the courageous role of women in the struggle against apartheid: Now you have touched the women / You have struck a rock / You have dislodged a boulder / You will be crushed.
  Mobilize for Global Justice The front of the shirt has an image of a McDonalds employee mocking the ???? Picture and reads: Mobilize for Global Justice! The back of the T-shirt reads: Mobilize for Global Justice! More World, Less Bank! Apr. 16-17, 2000, Washington D.C.
  End Apartheid - Vote for the People This T-shirt was produced as part of a campaign to promote the transition to democracy in South Africa. The collection contains two of these T-shirts.
  Keep the Pressure on Apartheid This T-shirt was produced after the release of Nelson Mandela shortly before his first visit to the United States in June 1990. The slogan was used nationally during and after his visit. The T-shirt was manufactured by Donnelly/Colt, Box 188, Hampton, CT 06247. At the time this T-shirt was produced the designer, Clive Helfet, used the nom de guerre of Kaptein Kuns.
  Resistance to Corporate Colonialism The front of this shirt has the silhoutted profile of a person with a flower inside of it. Around him are the logos of various corporate brands, including HBO, Starbucks, and GM. At the bottom it reads: RESISTANCE TO CORPORATE COLONIALISM.
  Eat the Rich This T-shirt has the image of a skull and bones and reads: Eat the Rich

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