African National Congress, Lisa Brock, Dennis Brutus, Basil Clunie, Caroline Elkins, Coalition for Illinois' Divestment from South Africa, Female circumcision, Africa, Kenya, Nelson Mandela, Mau Mau, Northwestern University, Alan Paton, Kikuyu (African people)
Political Science | Political Theory | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Work, Economy and Organizations
Length: 96 minutes
Oral history interview of Njoki Kamau by Christian Tulp
In this interview, Njoki Kamau Kamau recalls her childhood in Kenya under British colonialism and during the Mau Mau rebellion. She explains the Kukuyu traditions of her childhood and the effects the rebellion had on her family. She recalls her first experiences with racism in the United States and her struggles at Northwestern University. She explains how her childhood under colonialism dramatically influenced her later activism. She then explains how her participation in the divestment movement began with conversations with Dennis Brutus, a Northwestern professor from South Africa, regarding the Apartheid government. Kamau recounts Northwestern’s resistance to divest and the support she and other Northwestern activists received from organizations like CIDSA. She recalls her trip to South Africa and the focus of her Mission Counseling organization while there, and her larger work against racism, xenophobia, and colonialism. She describes her reactions to Mandela’s release and U.S. visit years later, to Reagan’s election and his policies on South Africa, and her feelings about the fall of Apartheid, Kenya’s independence, and Obama’s presidency.
Tulp, Christian. "Interview with Njoki Kamau" (Fall 2009). Oral Histories, Chicago Anti-Apartheid Collection, College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago. http://digitalcommons.colum.edu/cadc_caam_oralhistories/24
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