For Educators: Anti-Apartheid Movement
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) played a major role in the dismantling of the apartheid system in South Africa. Representative Ronald V. Dellums (D-CA) introduced the CBC's first bill concerning apartheid in 1972. Over the next 14 years, CBC members sponsored more than 15 bills concerning apartheid. Members urged the United States government to withdraw financial support from the South African government. The CBC also encouraged American universities and corporations to divest from doing business with South Africa.
Through the use of documents and images provided on the website as well as suggested activities and readings, students will explore the apartheid government in South Africa and African Americans' response to U.S. Foreign Policies through the legislative actions of the CBC.
Grade Level: 8-12
Essential Question: Using economic sanctions, how effective is the United States government's influence in changing the practices of foreign governments that violate the human rights of its citizens?
Using documents, images, and articles from the Avoice Web site, students will:
Era 9: The 20th Century Since 1945: Promises and Paradoxes
Standard 2C: The student understands how liberal democracy, market economies, and human rights movements have reshaped political and social life.
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