South Africa Youth Day

June 16, 2015 by Madeline Friend


Instituted on June 16, 1996, South Africa Youth Day is an annual public holiday that commemorates the beginning of the Soweto uprising of 1976, in which 20,000 people, led by high-school students, rallied against the apartheid edict that all instruction in black schools would be in Afrikaans. (Source.)

The police opened fire on protesting students, killing 176. This day serves as a celebration of youth and their potency to do good and stare down injustice.

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