South African Heroes honored during 1976 Soweto uprising Commemoration

L-R: Shellie Williams, Edward Dadla, Dr. B. Jordan, Hleziphi Zita and Yoliswa Luthuli Cele

By Isseu Diouf Campbell 
Translated in French by Aisha Dabo

While the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington started on Saturday, August 23, 2013 in Washington DC, another event that impacted the lives of many black south Africans was memorialized in Manhattan a few weeks ago.

The Imbizo Host Committee, a group of seven south African leaders living in New York city, hosted a June 16 Soweto Uprising Commemoration, on June 14, 2013.

During the commemoration, which included a testimonial on Nelson Mandela, a musical performance, by Tuelo Minah, and a panel discussion, South African activists Dr. B Jordan, Edward Dadla, Selby Masemola and Clement Hlongwane were honored for their role in the fight against Apartheid. The activists were presented with a citation from councilmember Robert Jackson’s office.

The Imbizo Host Committee, which also hosted in partnership with Senator Perkins’ Office, a Celebration of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on July 18, 2013 in Harlem, was founded in early 2013 to engage South Africans and friends of South Africa with community events.

Photos of the event