Event: #ApartheidMustFall to #RhodesMustFall?: The Soweto Uprising of 16 June 1976, 16 June 2016, London

Remember Soweto

Thursday, 16 June 2016 at 17:00, London, United Kingdom

By: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Institute of Education, University of London, Southern Africa Seminar Studies


On 16th June 1976, peaceful student protest at Afrikaans language education in the Soweto township outside Johannesburg was brutally dispersed by the South African riot police. This event and its aftermath proved to be the inflection point in the wider regional liberation struggle against white minority rule.

South African former student activists, historians, and journalists will reflect on the domestic and regional importance of the Soweto uprising, and the influence of its legacies and reverberations. Is today’s student-led protest in the #RhodesMustFall campaign part of ‘unfinished business’?

Speakers include Jacob Mothopeng (former Soweto student); Christabel Gurney (AAM Archives, and former Anti-Apartheid Movement); Professor Keith Somerville (former BBW World journalist, and author: Africa’s Long Road Since Independence. The Many Histories of a Continent); Dr Elizabeth Williams, Goldsmiths College (author of ‘The Politics of Race in Britain and South Africa: Black British Solidarity and the Anti-Apartheid Struggle’); and  Athinangamso Esther Nkopo (#RhodesMustFall student activist, U/Oxford).

For any further questions about this event, please contact Dr Sue Onslow (sue.onslow@sas.ac.uk )

WHEN: Thursday, 16 June 2016 from 17:00 to 20:00 (BST)

WHERE: UCL Institute of Education – 20 Bedford Way Drama Studio, Level 1, London, WC1H 0AL, United Kingdom

Register for free tickets on eventbrite.

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