June 16, 1976
High school students in Soweto protested against Apartheid and specifically against being forced to use Afrikaans in school regardless of their spoken language. Violence broke out as protesting continued. Twenty three people died that day including 12-year-old Hector Pieterson.
Now, 33 years later, you ask any African and they can tell you why Youth Day is observed. It serves as a remembrance of what happened on that tragic day.
June 16, 2009
Our team of Kabokweni heroes including Eunice and Mangaliso organized a big Youth Day event starting with a march to the police station chanting to end violence, rape, and other crimes. The march ended right back where it started, at Elizabeth’s house with a program for the kids.
Dancing, poems, dramas, motivational words (including some from our very own, Rae!) with a clear message to stay away from drugs and alcohol and HIV/AIDS. And every good program ends with a plate of food!
Although we attended and offered our support, this event was totally put on by our local Kabokweni team and they did an awesome job! I love you guys!
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