Civil and Political Rights

What is TransAfrica?

Randall S. Robinson (1941–), founded TransAfrica in 1977 and continues to serve as its director. The organization is concerned with the human rights of people of African descent throughout the world. Robinson led the group in lobbying Congress and the White House on foreign policy matters that involved Africa and the Caribbean. When Robinson and Trans Africa demonstrated before the South African embassy in Washington, D.C., in 1984 and 1985, they were arrested. TransAfrica supports the United Nations and its work in Africa, and through its research and education arm, TransAfrica Forum, provides reviews and perspectives on political, economic, and cultural issues that affect African-American communities worldwide.


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