Africa Now June 15, 2016
Topic: Soweto Uprising At 40 and Beyond
Topic and Guest: On June 16, 1976, 40 years ago, students in Soweto, South Africa rose up against apartheid and inferior apartheid education. The uprising spread throughout the country the next several months—security forces killed hundreds revolting but the uprising galvanized the entire anti-apartheid movement. Thus in 1991 the Organization of African Unity (OAU)—today’s African Union (AU)—established June 16 as the Day of the African Child to honor the students of the Soweto Uprising. June 16 is the International Day of the African Child. Joining Africa Now! to discuss Soweto At 40 and Beyond is Cecelie Counts. Ms. Cecelie Counts, of Southern Africa Support Project (SASP), an anti-apartheid activist. Ms. Counts has been a political activist and community organizer for more than 40 years. Ms. Cecelie Counts has worked for various organizations focusing on human rights, international affairs, and community development, including a tenure at TransAfrica where she was the chief staff organizer/coordinator for the Free South Africa Movement (FSAM).
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