Jacob Zuma

From Soweto to Stoneman Douglas: The power of youth protest

From Soweto to Stoneman Douglas: The power of youth protest

When I was 11 years old in 1976, protesting high school students reignited a movement for justice in the country of my birth, South Africa. Now I’m an American mom of twin teenagers whom I’m proud to call activists. On Saturday I’ll join their protest in the youth-led March for Our Lives. I’m also a professor who studies political sociology; I see contemporary lessons those long-ago school kids from Soweto, South Africa, have to offer students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas and around the U.S.

Soweto 1976: Black high school students, racially segregated by law, took to the streets to oppose unfair schooling policies. Police responded with gunfire. Many died then and in the protests...

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