FROM SHARPEVILLE TO SOWETO

by United People's Campaign Against Apartheid and Racism
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Undated, about February or early March 1978
Publisher: United People's Campaign against Apartheid and Racism
2 pages
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Leaflet for an event at Calvary Methodist Church on March 19 with the first public showing of  "THERE IS NO CRISIS," a film about the Soweto uprising, with an interview of an exiled student leader. The event commemorates the Sharpeville Massacre on March 21, 1960, when thousands of black Africans gathered at the Sharpeville police station to answer a call from the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC.) to leave their passes at home and surrender to the police or be arrested. The police opened fire, killing 67 and wounding close to 200 people. The government arrested hundreds of people, passed more repressive legislation making it possible to detain without trial those suspected of anti-government activities, and banned the main political organizations of black Africans-the PAC and the African National Congress (ANC). Today, the apartheid system is just as vicious as it was when Sharpeville occurred, in terms of restrictions on African in the areas of employment and joining unions and education. Blacks can only enter white areas if they are employed there and have special passes. The recent surge of resistance that began by high school students in Soweto on June 16, 1976 is but a continuation of the Sharpeville struggle; while the initial demand was against teaching in the hated language of Afrikaans in black schools, the protests became an uprising against the entire system of apartheid. Demonstrations occurred all over South Africa, including a three-day strike by black workers in Johannesburg. Organizational sponsors of the event are the Venceremos Brigade, the Afrikan Peoples' Party, Workers World Party, the Third World Coalition (South Africa Task Force), Black Cadre Family, Youth Against War and Fascism, Philadelphia Workers Organizing Committee, Human Service Worker's Organizing Collective, Philadelphia Resistance Print Shop, and the Neighborhood Film Project. The leaflet mentions Bantustans, violence, repression, imperialism, U.S. corporations and banks that invest in South Africa, colonialism, and racism.

Used by permission of former members of United People's Campaign Against Apartheid and Racism. 
Collection: Vincent Klingler papers