Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Letter from Leon H. Sullivan to E. Bruce Heilman

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Title

Letter from Leon H. Sullivan to E. Bruce Heilman

Description

This letter written on January 26, 1981 is one of a series of letters from Leon H. Sullivan to President Heilman. Sullivan urges Heilman to use his influence to convince companies associated with the University to sign the Sullivan Principles in order to "help eliminate the injustices and oppression suffered by Blacks and other nonwhites" during apartheid in South Africa. Sullivan states that he has been able to gain the support of 130 American companies "to help bring about peaceful change" in South Africa to avoid violence and the loss of lives. Sullivan encourages President Heilman to engage in a strategy of selective divestment if South African companies do not implement or fall short of the Sullivan Principles. This letter was accompanied by a pamphlet that contained the Sullivan Principles and the names of the companies and presidents that signed it, and President Heilman forwarded these materials to the Board of Trustees.

Source

Letter from Leon H. Sullivan to President E. Bruce Heilman, 26 January 1981, RG 6.2.5 Box 23 "Sullivan Principles/South Africa", University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.

Date

1981-01-26

Language

English

Type

Identifier

UA6.2.5.23-19810126.JPG

Coverage

Richmond (Va.)

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Citation

Sullivan, Leon Howard, 1922-2001, “Letter from Leon H. Sullivan to E. Bruce Heilman,” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 21, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/2830.