African National Congress, Afrikaner Broederbond, Steve Biko, Lisa Brock, Dennis Brutus, Botswana, Wilt Chamberlain, Colombia, Coalition for Illinois' Divestment from South Africa, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mennonite Church, Beyers Naude, Prexy Nesbitt, Bill Russell, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Desmond Tutu, Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Zimbabwe African National Union
Political Science | Political Theory | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Work, Economy and Organizations
Mr. Redekopp describes living in Botswana between 1977 and 1980, building correspondence schools for South African refugees who fled Soweto amidst the Uprising of 1976. He describes living amongst South Africans, notably attending a memorial service for Steve Biko. He states how after returning to North America, he began participating in the anti-apartheid movement. He explains how, in 1982, once settled in Chicago, he served as minister at the First Church of the Brethren in Chicago. He details his time between1980 and 1990, participating in Sing Out Against Apartheid, protests outside the Chicago South African Consulate, and divestment efforts within the church. He explains that even in conflict, people have a moral responsibility of doing what they believe is right. He summarizes his participation as being “caught up in something bigger” and being a part of a movement.
Length: 88 minutes
Oral history interview of Orlando Redekopp by Balin Pagadala
Pagadala, Balin. "Interview with Orlando Redekopp" (Spring 2009). Oral Histories, Chicago Anti-Apartheid Collection, College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago. http://digitalcommons.colum.edu/cadc_caam_oralhistories/25
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