Carleton Virtual Breakfast Club
with Dr. Sheila Collins ’62
author of UBUNTU: George M. Houser and
the Struggle for Peace and Freedom on Two Continents
Thursday, January 14, 2021
8:00 a.m. Central Time
Dr. Sheila Collins ’62 discusses her recently published biography of George M. Houser, one of the most important yet unsung peace and human rights activists of the 20th century. As a pacifist he was among the first to resist registration for the World War II draft, serving almost a year in prison. He went on to co-found the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in the 1940s, whose embrace of nonviolent protest strategies and tactics would characterize the modern American civil rights movement. Beginning in the 1950s, Houser founded and led the American Committee on Africa, which played a critical role in pan-Africanist anticolonial movements and provided legitimacy for emerging African leaders on the world stage. His dedication over more than thirty years to the cause of human rights and self-determination, often at the risk of his life, helped prepare the ground for the toppling of the South African apartheid regime.
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