Steve Mariotti: The Reverend Leon Sullivan: A Man Who Changed American Business
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In 1978, at an automotive conference in Detroit at the Renaissance Center, I looked for and found the Reverend Leon Sullivan, the African-American preacher from Philadelphia who had been on the board of directors of General Motors for eight years. I told him: "I'm the Ford Motor Company financial analyst for both South Africa and Ford Aerospace, and I need your help."
The background to my request was the racist apartheid government of South Africa, which was still in power at the time. A particularly outrageous incident one year before had been the beating to death by the South African police of Steve Biko, a black activist. The rest of the world was outraged.
Steve Biko, South African anti-apartheid leader
In 1974, Sullivan was one of GM board members who visited South Africa on company business. At the airport, on their back out of the country, Sullivan was stopped and strip-searched--because he was black -- while the white members of the group were allowed to pa
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