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How a “Day of Protest” became a Holiday in South Africa!

How a “Day of Protest” became a Holiday in South Africa!

If you haven’t heard of Apartheid, then think of it as one of the most discriminatory systems of oppression ever established. It IS JUST as toxic as the Jim Crow South, IF NOT WORSE. In it’s early stages it was heavily protested, but not how you’d think!

Shortly before June 26, 1950, the corrupt and extremely racist government proposed a terrible law. The law would essentially allow the governing party to be the ONLY POLITICAL ORGANIZATION. Any other were to be investigated and stopped from forming (even by force).

Black South Africans weren’t going to take this lying down! Especially not good ol’ Nelson Mandela! Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) called on the people to protest. This protest was to stay at home by not going to work!

Essentially a “stay at home” protest where protesters would simply stay home! They LITERALLY didn’t work for the system that oppressed them. The call to action, was WIDELY listened to and hundreds of thousands South Africans stayed home! Many also lost their jobs.

For those that participated and lost their jobs however, The ANC set up a fund to help them until they regained employment! The protest ended up being SO impactful, that it was used MULTIPLE TIMES in the following decade, and it eventually became a holiday!

June 26th in South Africa now marks their “National Day of Protest”, with MANY LARGE SCALE protests throughout South Africa’s history taking place on that day!

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