The South African apartheid in the latter half of the twentieth century inspired many American colleges and universities to divest from South Africa. In 1977, Hampshire College became the first US school to divest, inspiring a total of 155 schools--including Amherst--to divest by 1988. Amherst partially divested from South Africa from 1978 to 1986.
To see a list of the colleges that divested from South Africa, click here.
To read a recent article written by the then-president of Hampshire College about the South African divestment, click here.