Tag Archives: Rick Turner

Biko, Turner & the Soweto Uprising

This Sunday we commemorate the anniversary of the Soweto Uprising, which culminated on the 16th June 1976 when hundreds of youth were killed at the hands of the state. It’s widely accepted that the student protests were a response to the government’s intention to introduce Afrikaans as the compulsory medium of instruction in schools. But […]

Mother to Thirty Thousand

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While there seems to more politicking and less activism in many of today’s trade unions, there was a time in South Africa when the unions filled a very serious role in the fight for workers’ rights, which the government of the day were determined to squash. Curries Fountain, which now forms part of the Durban […]

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 […]

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 […]