"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings."

- Nelson Mandela

What We Do

TransAfrica was created when civil rights activists in the United States decided that they must take action not only to secure their own fundamental rights, but also to build campaigns of solidarity with people suffering discrimination outside our borders. Specifically, the cruel system of racial apartheid in South Africa became the target of a massive campaign in the United States known as the Free South Africa Movement. TransAfrica’s vision for the movement – to change U.S. foreign policies to pressure the South African government to respect the rights of black South Africans – contributed to success in turning the tide to end apartheid and free Nelson Mandela and others from their long imprisonment.

Despite South Africa’s advancement, systems of apartheid still exist throughout the world. During the African National Congress International Solidarity Conference in 2012’s centenary celebrations, delegates from throughout the world, including TransAfrica, declared that they would unite to fight the global economic apartheid system that has distorted the world economy, leaving the majority of the world’s families too poor to meet human rights standards.

  • TransAfrica is committed to building systems of equity and respect for human rights where people enjoy freedom and self-determination.
  • We engage African Americans in advocacy campaigns to change U.S. foreign policies which support or aid in the maintenance of systems of apartheid. TransAfrica has traditionally coordinated campaigns on labor rights, economic justice and humanitarian aid, the rights of displaced people, voting rights and civic participation, citizen media, women’s rights and LGBT rights.
  • We provide expert editing of news and analysis about the African World. You can count on TransAfrica’s experienced staff and esteemed Scholars’ Council to provide you with reliable and timely information about Africa and people of African descent worldwide.