African-American lobby in foreign policy

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The African-American lobby in foreign policy refers to African-American groups and individuals who lobby to influence United States foreign policy in support of Africa.[1]

History[edit]

In the early twentieth century members of the African American community lobbied for foreign assistance to Liberia and Ethiopia. Following World War II, the community lobbied for increased American support for African national liberation movements.[2]

The American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa (ANLCA) was founded in 1962 to support the "aspirations for freedom, human rights, and independence of the African people." The organization disbanded in 1967.[2][3]

TransAfrica Forum[edit]

TransAfrica Forum [4] was conceived by members of the Congressional Black Caucus in September 1976 and incorporated on July 1, 1977 with the goals of increasing the number of African Americans in high-level international affairs positions, and pressuring the American government to devote more resources to African and Caribbean affairs.[5] The Forum is credited with having had a major impact on the sanctions that helped end apartheid in South Africa.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://transafrica.org/ TransAfrica Forum
  2. ^ a b American Society and the African American Foreign Policy Lobby: Constraints and Opportunities, David A. Dickson, Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Nov., 1996), p. 141
  3. ^ http://www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/history/solidarity/anlca.html
  4. ^ http://www.transafricaforum.org/
  5. ^ http://www.transafricaforum.org/about-us/our-history
  6. ^ American Society and the African American Foreign Policy Lobby: Constraints and Opportunities, David A. Dickson, Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Nov., 1996), p. 139

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