Youth Day: The Power of Young People
The events of June 16, 1976 forever changed the
history of South Africa.
Several thousand students marched peacefully to protest against a directive by the Apartheid government, which had made the Afrikaans, the language spoken by the dominant White minority, required for all as a medium of instruction.
Youth Day in South Africa is celebrated in memory of all the youngsters who lost their lives during the protest, including Hector Pieterson, a 12 year-old student. Images of Pieterson being carried through the streets led to international revulsion and political action against South Africa’s brutal regime.