African Americans, Mozambique, Ithaca, Apartheid, Anne Evens
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Length: 84 minutes
Oral history interview of Anne Evens by Beth Thenhaus
Ms. Evens begins by recalling her childhood memories, growing up in Evanston with two academic parents. She began her work in activism during high school, demonstrating for stricter gun control laws and against racism. She explains how she first learned about Apartheid South Africa as she learned about the struggle of Palestinian people in Israel and the economic ties between the two countries. She explains how she became involved in anti-Apartheid efforts on her first day of college when she was introduced to the South African Divestment Coalition, that succeeded in forcing Cornell University’s divestment from South Africa. She explains how she continued her work for the cause in Chicago, after completing her degree, by joining the Coalition for Illinois Divestment from Southern Africa. She describes her anti-apartheid work in Mozambique, as part of the Mozambique Support Network, where she lived for seven and a half years working for the government as an engineer. She recalls her work with the anti-apartheid movement after returning to Chicago. She cites a number of influential people in her life, including social activist and politician Julian Bond, poet Lina Magaia, and others. She touches on the repercussions she and some colleagues faced as a result of their activism and she reflects on state of South Africa and Mozambique today and the personal impact her work has had on her life.
Thenhaus, Beth. "Interview with Anne Evens" (Spring 2009). Oral Histories, Chicago Anti-Apartheid Collection, College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago. http://digitalcommons.colum.edu/cadc_caam_oralhistories/34
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