Philadelphia: Philadelphia Preparatory Committee, 1973. Three items from the Philadelphia Preparatory Committee for the National Anti-Imperialist Conference in Solidarity with African Liberation, which was scheduled for Oct. 19-21 in Chicago. The Philadelphia Committee hoped to send a delegation of 50 members to the conference and organized a series of meetings to this end. Members included Lonnie Mathews, Felicia Howard (Young Workers Liberation League), and Harry Amana. Included are two form letters dated Sept. 4 and Oct. 1, 1973 announcing the conference and planning meetings. The other item, a temporary draft titled “A Call to Action,” is mentioned in one of the letters and outlines the conference’s purpose and proposed topics.
Although we were unable to determine whether the Philadelphia delegates made it to the conference, it took place at Dunbar High School in Chicago and featured speakers such as Angela Davis, Henry Winston, Thami Mhlambiso of the ANC and Ben Guiriaias of SWAPO. Remarks read into the Congressional Record by John Ashbrook on Oct. 18, 1973 claimed that the purpose of the conference was to “organize support for guerrilla warfare and terrorist groups in Africa.” He further alleged that the Communist Party was responsible for “providing the apparatus to organize [the] conference.” A long list of sponsors was read into the record and reflects the wide variety of supportive individuals and organizations.
All items mimeographed on 8 ½” x 11” sheets from typescript, “A Call to Action” is two corner-stapled sheets. Item #8546