Tag Archives: Black Consciousness Movement

Introducing Onkgopotse Abram Tiro

Not many people would be aware of the name, Onkgopotse Abram Tiro, despite the fact that he’s regarded by many as the ‘father’ of the 1976 Soweto Uprising. In fact, Tiro is one of countless forgotten heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle – a revolution takes an army, and overcoming the apartheid regime took the will […]

Biko & the South African Student Organisation

This evening the University of KwaZulu-Natal will host their annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture, to commemorate the 41st anniversary of Steve Biko’s death. On the 18th August 1977, Biko and his associate, Peter Jones, were stopped at a routine road block near Grahamstown. When the police recognised the men, they were arrested under the Terrorism Act […]

Biko, Turner & the Durban Moment

If you are in Gauteng tomorrow, then do yourself a favour and head on down to the University of Pretoria. The Faculty of Humanities will be hosting the launch of Ian Macqueen’s recently published book, Black Consciousness and Progressive Movements under Apartheid. A synopsis of the book notes that the Black Consciousness (BC) movement tends to be viewed in […]

The Durban Moment

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Last Wednesday, thousands of workers took to the streets as part of the SAFTU (South African Federation of Trade Unions) organised national strike. The union was protesting against the proposed R20 per hour national minimum wage that is currently being tabled. Throughout history employees have used their power of withholding labour in order to improve […]

Remembering Rick Turner

Steve Biko lighting up with Rick Turner (right), Dave Turnbull (centre) and volunteers who were helping restore the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Phoenix, Durban, 1971

Anyone who has spent time at the University of KwaZulu-Natal will be familiar with the name Rick Turner. There’s the Rick Turner Students’ Union Building, the Rick Turner Scholarship, and part of the university campus lies on Rick Turner Road. But how many people actually know the story of Dr Richard Albert Turner? Born in the Western […]