The Soweto Uprising and the Long Road to Justice

Steve Lalla On June 16, 1976, the Soweto Uprising began in Soweto Township, Johannesburg, South Africa. Three days of students strikes and widespread demonstrations brought international attention to the injustices of white supremacist rule. The 1976 Uprising was partly a visceral popular reaction to the oppression and dispossession of the colonial system and the apartheid…

Paulo Freire and Popular Struggle in South Africa

Zamalotshwa Sefatsa Mural of Paulo Freire at the Faculty of Education and Humanities of the University of Bío-Bío in Chile Paulo Freire was a radical educator from Brazil whose work was tied to struggles for human freedom and dignity. He constantly experimented with and thought about how to connect learning and teaching among the poor…

Youth Touched by Biko: The Quest for a “More Humane Face”

Veli Mbele This brief input deals with the meaning of Steve Bantu Biko for young people today and whether his vision of bestowing upon South Africa “a more humane face” remains valid. Biko is without doubt one of the most important figures of Black liberation of the past century. Today, 41 years after his murder,…

Steve Biko: Founder of the Black Consciousness Movement

Pan-African News Wire Steve Bantu Biko, a political activist and writer, is regarded as the father of the Black Consciousness movement in the Union of South Africa. Biko’s short 30-year life was consumed with the development of an acute awareness of the evils of apartheid, the social system under which non-whites lived in South Africa….