Divestment for Humanity: The Anti-Apartheid Movement at the University of Michigan

Corporations Respond to the Regents' Resolution


University of Michigan students protest at a Board of Regents meeting, March 14, 1979.

After the University of Michigan Board of Regents passed the March 16, 1978 resolution, making the Sullivan Principles the guidelines for University investments, UM began asking banks and companies about their activities in South Africa and their compliance with the Principles. Copies of their letters were maintained by U of M's Investment Office and the WCCAA. The letters, some of which are displayed below, contained a wide variety of responses and showed some of the challenges in enforcing the Regents' resolution.