By Henry Lowendorf, co-chairman of the Greater New Haven Peace Council.
With the recent death of former congressman and Oakland mayor Ron Dellums we are reminded of his role as a leader in the peace movement and in the campaign to end U.S. support for Apartheid South Africa. Connecticut and the African American population of our state also took a leading role in combatting this form of institutionalized discrimination against the indigenous South African population by divesting state funds from companies that did business with Apartheid institutions and boycotting them. The global movement to end Apartheid succeeded. While many disparities remain, all South Africans gained their liberty.