The Soweto Uprising led by children changed the course of history for South Africa against apartheid. So will #NeverAgainMSD movement led by children will change the course of history for #GunControl in America.
Cameron Kasky confronting Marco Rubio about accepting donations from the NRA. The kid is fearless. He ain’t playing. Powerful. I am amazed at them every day. They have become the leaders and are fierce. They’re a force to be reckoned with. They are the Balm of Gilead to soothe our wounds and give us hope. Change is coming.
Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg: “I want a major re-haul of everybody that’s in our current House of Representatives”
David Hogg calls out Dana Loesch for duping NRA members….
.@davidhogg111: “Columbine was about 19 years ago. Now that you’ve had an entire generation of kids growing up around mass shootings, and the fact that they’re starting to be able to vote, explains how we’re going to have this change. Kids are not going to accept this.” #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/jAZPvMuQlf
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 25, 2018
Soweto uprising: The Soweto uprising was a series of demonstrations and protests led by black school children in South Africa that began on the morning of 16 June 1976.
Students from numerous Sowetan schools began to protest in the streets of Soweto in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools. It is estimated that 20,000 students took part in the protests. They were met with fierce police brutality. The number of protesters killed by police is usually given as 176, but estimates of up to 700 have been made. In remembrance of these events, 16 June is now a public holiday in South Africa, named Youth Day.
On the morning of 16 June 1976, between 10,000 and 20,000 black students walked from their schools to Orlando Stadium for a rally to protest against having to learn through Afrikaans in school. Many students who later participated in the protest arrived at school that morning without prior knowledge of the protest, yet agreed to become involved. The protest was planned by the Soweto Students’ Representative Council’s (SSRC) Action Committee, with support from the wider Black Consciousness Movement. Teachers in Soweto also supported the march after the Action Committee emphasised good discipline and peaceful action.
Tsietsi Mashinini led students from Morris Isaacson High School to join up with others who walked from Naledi High School. The students began the march only to find out that police had barricaded the road along their intended route. The leader of the action committee asked the crowd not to provoke the police and the march continued on another route, eventually ending up near Orlando High School. The crowd of between 3,000 and 10,000 students made their way towards the area of the school. Students sang and waved placards with slogans such as, “Down with Afrikaans”, “Viva Azania” and “If we must do Afrikaans, Vorster must do Zulu”.
The police set their dog on the protesters, who responded by killing it. The police then began to shoot directly at the children.