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      Black Students and the U.S. Anti-Apartheid Movements on Campus, 1976-1985



            This essay discusses the Black student anti-apartheid activism on campus from 1976 to 1985, and emphasizes the importance of HBCU’s as early incubators for anti-apartheid activism. It highlights the transnational interconnectedness of African Americans and Africans, referencing African America’s long-standing solidarity with African liberation movements, and suggests this coalition and its results are indicative of the power of previous generations of Black radicalism expressed in Civil Rights, Black Power, and anti-colonialism movements.


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            Zanj: The Journal of Critical Global South Studies
            20 September 2022
            : 6
            : 1
            : 8-28
            [1 ] Northwestern University, 633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208
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            Sociology,Political science,General social science,Development studies,Cultural studies
            apartheid South Africa,Black thought,Howard University,student movements,student publications,United States,higher education


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