Vanderbilt Demo

While the U.S. tennis team was busy routing the South Africans this weekend in the Davis Cup competition at Vanderbilt University, thousands of people marched through the streets protesting U.S. cooperation with apartheid.

Half the seats in the 9500-seat auditorium were empty, and a spokesman for one of the groups organizing the protest attributed the poor attendance to the demonstrators.

After marches through downtown Nashville Friday and Saturday, protesters set up picket lines outside the Vanderbilt gym where the matches took place.

The NAACP held a rally on Saturday afternoon featuring comedian and political activist Dick Gregory, and Benjamin Hooks, executive director of the NAACP.

Wayne Kamin, a member of the American Friends Service Committee, another protest sponsor, characterized the demonstrations as peaceful and restrained with only one arrest in a rock-throwing incident. Kamin added that demonstrators jeered at departing spectators, but protest leaders restrained any tendency toward violence.

Spokesmen for the protest groups said their purpose was to educate the public about racism and oppression in America as well as in South Africa. David Huet-Vaughn, chairman of the Tennessee Coalition Against Apartheid, said demonstrations like the one this weekend will "provide the impetus for a future national movement to cut out international racism like a cancer."

Recommended Articles

U.S. Policy Protested
BOSTON--Shouting such chants as "Stop the Sanctions! Stop the Bombing! U.S. out of Iraq!" about 300 people jammed the square
Monkeys Roam, Even in the Yard
Is it possible? Harvard students relinquish the opportunity for a protest? Now that the Ivy League experience is better represented
Peace Groups Will Picket If Johnson Visits Boston
Every peace group in the area has made plans to picket President Johnson should he attend the annual convention of
Eleven Arrested in CIA Recruiting Protest
AMHERST, Mass.--Eleven students were arrested yesterday during a sit-in at a University of Massachusetts office to protest CIA recruitment on
Protesters Demanding Afro-Am Hiring March to The Stadium, Demonstrate at Football Game
About 70 demonstrators protesting the lack of faculty in the University's Afro-American Studies Department marched this afternoon from the Yard
Columbia's Protest
T HE student insurrection at Columbia this past week cannot be labelled a simple exercise in hoodlumism. The demonstrators succeeded