Monday, February 23, 2009

Soweto Uprising

The Soweto uprising was a big event in the march to the end of Apartheid - basically Kent State with younger kids and 100x as many of them. It was a series of clashes on June 16, 1976 between black youths and the South African authorities that grew out of protests against the policies of the National Party government - namely one that mandated that half of the black children's classes would be tought in Afrikaans, the old language of the white people. We went to the Hector Pieterson museum on our Soweto tour - the museum was similar in layout and effect to the Apartheid Museum. Hector was the first student shot and killed in the uprising - we has 13 at the time - and was immortalized in this photo:

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