The Freedom Charter – South African Congress Alliance (1955)

1946-1989, Authority, Black, Consciousness Raising, Date, Defining the Enemy, Disruptive Spaces, Institutions, Subjectives of Refusal, Subjects Redefined, Tactics of Disruption, White Supremacy

In 1955, the African National Congress (ANC) sent out 50,000 volunteers to various townships and rural areas throughout South Africa to gather “freedom demands” from average people. The ANC was tired of the repressive government and its desire to quell dissent. The demands made by the people of South Africa were synthesized into a document that was adopted later that year and became known as the “Freedom Charter.” This document is significant in that it was the first time in which the people were actively involved in creating their own vision for an alternative society.

 “The people shall govern!”

“These freedoms we will fight for, side by side, throughout our lives, until we have won our liberty.”

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