Soweto Day Walkathon walkers

Soweto Day Walkathon walkers

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by Joan Gerig
Chicago, Illinois, United States
June 15, 1991
Soweto Day Walkathon commemorating the June 16, 1976 Soweto uprising held on Saturday June 15. The Walkathon was organized by the Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa with the support of a number of other organizations. Chicago anti-apartheid activists were joined in the Walkathon by Alexandra Township residents Moses Mayekiso and Mary Ntignane. The Walkathon raised $8,500 for groups working to build the new democratic South Africa. Half of the proceeds was sent to Chicago's sister community, the Alexandra Civic Organization, for their work in building grassroots democratic structures in spite of foot-dragging by the South African government in constitutional reforms. The other half went to the South African Council of Churches (SACC) for their work in resettling exiled South Africans returning to their homeland after years abroad. (Source: CCISSA Briefing, Fall 1991, Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa available on this website)
Used by permission of Joan Gerig.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers