Tumi and the Volume: Tribute to June 16 1976

Hector Petersen, a 13 year-old boy who was killed by police on 16 June 1976. This image flashed across the world drew much international support for the freedom struggle in South Africa. (Source: Sam Nzima)

Hector Petersen, a 13 year-old boy who was killed by police on 16 June 1976. This image flashed across the world drew much international support for the freedom struggle in South Africa. (Source: Sam Nzima)

The youth played a key role in the liberation struggle in outh Africa. The class of 1976 bravely took to the streets and overturned the long held notion within the liberation movement that the working class was the essential force in challenging the apartheid regime. It is a day violently etched on the South African collective conscience. Commemorated over 30 years later as Youth Day, an official holiday, it is the day that honours the deaths of hundreds of Soweto schoolchildren, a day that changed the course of the country’s history: 16 June 1976.

To some, the day will forever recall the vivid memory and sadness of their personal loss, and with them are our collective sympathies. Others will remember the rage, the passion, the determination. Although just one step in the epic journey to South Africa’s liberated democracy, June 16 is a fitting metaphore for the courage, sacrifice, determination and, above all, faith that delivered us to where we are. Clich here to Read more about June 16.

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~ by roosta27 on June 15, 2009.

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