African National Congress, Claremont College, Angela Davis, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, National Lawyers Guild, Prexy Nesbitt, Unaio Nacional para a Independencia Total de Angola, University of California Los Angeles, Harold Washington
Political Science | Political Theory | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Work, Economy and Organizations
Length: 69 minutes
Oral history interview of Tim Wright by Jonathen Vogel
Tim Wright was involved in activism and the Anti-apartheid movement since college. He tells of when, while attending UCLA, he was involved in the divestment movement to prevent universities from cooperating with the African regime. He describes his time working as a research assistant with Angela Davis and their time in Angola, South Africa to learn more about the conflict first-hand, where he met Prexy Nesbitt, who became a close colleague. Wright describes his time working with Harold Washington and his administration, taking part initially as a volunteer in his campaign for mayor of Chicago, to assistant to the chief of staff, deputy director of intergovernmental affairs, special counsel to the mayor, and commissioner of economic development for the city. He recalls representing anti-Apartheid protestors while teaching a class at Columbia College, when he involved the students in preparing the legal defense. Wright also mentions his work with Carol Mosley Braun, a state representative, to draft divestment legislation for the state of Illinois, which was passed. He mentioned his time involved with the National Lawyers Guild and how they helped with the elections of South Africa.
Vogel, Jonathen. "Interview with Tim Wright" (Fall 2009). Oral Histories, Chicago Anti-Apartheid Collection, College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago. http://digitalcommons.colum.edu/cadc_caam_oralhistories/29
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