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US Clergy asked to start boycotts on South Africa

A black clergyman who is on the board of General Motors announced a campaign to increase economic pressure on US companies doing business in South Africa to improve conditions for their black workers.

The Rev. Leon Sullivan of Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia said he had urged 1,000 clergymen across the United States to organize boycotts against companies that have refused to sign on comply with a fair-employment code for companies doing business in South Africa. He said he would also ask US labor unions to withdraw pension fund investments from American companies that did not comply and would ask banks not to lend to them.

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