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On 16 June 1976 high-school students in Soweto, South Africa, protested for better education. Police fired teargas and live bullets into the marching crowd killing innocent people and ignited what is known as "The Soweto Uprising", the bloodiest episode of riots between police and protesters since the 1960s.

South Africans to Commemorate 44th Anniversary of Soweto Student Uprisings

South Africans will celebrate Youth Day this June 16th––here's what you need to know about the historic day.

South Africans will commemorate the 44th anniversary of the Soweto Uprisings tomorrow. Youth Day, commemorated on June 16th, honours the student-led protests of 1976 which challenged the education system under the Apartheid regime. In the past, South Africans have celebrated by participating in various events across the country in addition to massive rallies held by a number of political parties. However, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures, many of the celebrations will take place online.


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The Soweto Uprisings saw between 3000-10 000 South African students leading peaceful marches against being forced to learn in Afrikaans—the language of their oppressors—as well as being subjected to an overall sub-standard Bantu Education system. On June 16th, the Apartheid police opened fire on the unarmed students and killed at least 174 including 13-year-old Hector Peterson, the teenager whose image has since become a worldwide symbol of the protests.

Former Prime Minister of the racist National Party and "Architect of Apartheid", Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd, is on record saying, "There is no place for [the African] in the European community above the level of certain forms of labour." He added that, "It is of no avail for him to receive a training which has as its aim, absorption in the European community." Naturally, Verwoerd was a fierce advocate for the Bantu Education system.

Thus, Youth Day is a day where South African youth especially, reflect on the contributions of their predecessors towards the fight against Apartheid. While the segregationist regime was the proverbial Goliath for youth back then, poverty, inequality and increasing unemployment rates are the challenges facing South African youth today.

Read more about the Soweto Uprisings here.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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