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Ending Apartheid: The Legacy of Struggle at BU

When: Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: Boston University • 602 Commonwealth Ave • Morse Auditorium • Boston

In 1979 BU had approximately $6 million in common stock in companies active in South Africa. A group of Students and Faculty were committed to ending university support to the Apartheid Regime. This is their story.

This event is designed to be an educational tool for current activists and students at Boston University as it will showcase a very important history of struggle against apartheid which occurred right here at BU. Students can learn lessons about what is possible and what types of strategies worked in the past.

Dr Barbara Brown is the Director of the Outreach Program at the African Studies Center at Boston University. She received her Ph.D. in 1979 from Boston University, M.A. 1971 Boston University, A.B 1968 Smith College. Outreach Director since 1990. Radcliffe Institute Fellow, Harvard University (1999-2000). She has Overseas Experience: Botswana, Benin, South Africa, Lesotho, Kenya and Tanzania. She also was an active particpant in the struggle against South African Apartheid at Boston University and within the city.

Jason Pramas is the editor/publisher of the weekly news publication Open Media Boston. He attended Boston University from 1984-1986 and was active with the BU South Africa Task Force.

South African, Suren Moodliar, is a coordinator of Massachusetts Global Action and helps run encuentro 5, the movement-building space in Chinatown. In the 1980s, he was a student activist and a member of the African National Congress. He worked on sanctions and divestment issues at the University of California where he attended graduate school.

Sponsor: Boston University Students for Justice in Palestine

 

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