Richard Knight

Consultant: Africa • Human Rights • U.S. Policy • Economic Justice • Corporate Responsibility is a source of current information on Africa, human rights and economic justice. You will find information on overcoming the legacy of apartheid, canceling Africa’s debt and the struggle for self-determination in Western Sahara.  Also on this site you will find historical information on apartheid South Africa and the struggle for sanctions and disinvestment.  For over two decades I worked at the American Committee on Africa and The Africa Fund.  On this site you will find much of the material I wrote as well as current information and useful links.  Not all items noted below are up yet and more will be added later. Currently I am working as a consultant based in New York City.


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New – Two new papers by Richard Knight: South Africa 2006: Challenges for the Future and South Africa 2006: Population and HIV/AIDS.


Especially recommended – The African Activist Archive Project, directed by Richard Knight, is working to preserve for history the record of activities of U.S. organizations and individuals that supported African struggles for freedom and had significant collective impact on U.S. policy during the period 1960-1994.  The movement included it included community activists, students, faculty, churches, unions, city and county councils, state governments, and others.  Much of the focus was sanctions and divestment from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa. This democratization of foreign policy was unprecedented, and it is important that the lessons learned be documented for the benefit of continuing social justice activism. The web site includes a series of questionnaires, a Directory of African Activist Archives (including information on numerous organizations), historical reminiscences and other information on the movement. In the future we plan to post historical documents. I hope you will support this project with your knowledge, archival material and financially.




Curriculum Vitae

"a short account of one's career and qualifications prepared typically by an applicant for a position" — Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary


Yes, Richard Knight is available for consulting and other work.


Selected Bibliography of Richard Knight

Includes current material.  Many items relate to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, including sanctions and divestment.  Some are available on-line.



A selection of links to some of my favorite Web sites in the U.S., Africa and around the world.


African Development and Political Economy

Africa is the poorest and most economically underdeveloped continent.  But Africa has natural resources, especially oil, which could be used for economic development and to fight poverty.  Developed countries, transnational corporations and international financial institutions such as the World Bank, which in the past have often inhibited African development, will play a key role in the continent’s success or failure.


Western Sahara

Since its founding in 1973 the Polisario Front has led the people of Western Sahara in the struggle for self-determination and independence, first against Spain and now against Morocco.  The Polisario formed government, the SADR is a member of the African Union.  Richard Knight visited Western Sahara in 1979.  The Bush administration is supporting Morocco. The U.S. oil company Kerr-McGee is exploring for oil off the coast of Western Sahara with permission from the SADR. In 2004 the South African government recognized the SADR government, which is a member of the African Union.


Indigenous Peoples

Richard Knight served as Program Director of the Indigenous Peoples Global Conference, sponsored by the Partnership for Indigenous Peoples Environment, held in New York February 21-24, 2002.


African Music and Documentaries on CD, DVD and VHS

African music is often related to political struggles. Music played an important role in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and in the struggle against the military dictatorships in Nigeria. You can buy the music here.


Zimbabwe – Current and historical information


Cancel Africa's Debt - The campaign to cancel the debt of the world’s poorest countries


Books on Africa and the International Solidarity Movement

Many of these books can be purchased online.


South Africa and the Struggle Against Apartheid


Campaign for Sanctions and Divestment


Arms Embargo against South Africa

In 1977 the United Nations adopted a mandatory arms embargo against South Africa.


Carnegie Hall’s South African Sounds Teaching Guide, poster and music CD 

Music and the struggle against apartheid from the 1950s through the 1990s.


Articles about or quoting Richard Knight and his letters to the editor including US Brigade Aids Mandela's Fight that columnist Jack Newfield wrote about Richard Knight in the New York Daily News.


Dumisani S. Kumalo

For many years Dumisani Kumalo was the Projects Director of the American Committee on Africa and The Africa Fund.  He is now South Africa's Ambassador to the United Nations.


South Africa Today

South Africa is now a democracy and apartheid has ended. Much has been accomplished but poverty and unemployment remain stubbornly high. An estimated 5.5 million people are HIV-positive.


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Tales of E. T. A. Hoffmann

E.T.A. Hoffmann was a German writer who influenced Hawthorne and Poe.  He is the author of Nutcracker, the story on which Tchaikovsky based his ballet Nutcracker Suite.  Hoffmann’s work has been translated into English.  Learn about Hoffmann and how to purchase an English translation of his work.