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Anton Lembede () helped revitalize and provided much of the philosophical foundation for black resistance to white supremacy in South Africa in the. View the profiles of people named Anton Lembede. Join Facebook to connect with Anton Lembede and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power. Anton Musiwakhe Lembede (21 January – 30 July ) was a South African activist and founding president of the ANC Youth League.

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Lembede lived in Orlando in Lembedr with his intellectual partner A. This reflects the traditional view of his school that had been created by John Dube after hearing the ideas of the American Booker Washington.

He had already begun making his mark on policy when Youth Leaguers delegated him, Ngubane and Mda to draft the Youth League manifesto adopted in March By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

It is part of the broader effort to rebuild and renew the movement. Retrieved 16 August He never saw the success of Black activism that enabled Black South Africans to be treated equally.

Lembede had a funeral with many notable attendees.

In his bones were removed from Johannesburg and flown to Durban where they were reburied on 27 October at Madundube in UmbumbuluDurban. In he left for the United Kingdom, where he trained as an aircraft maintenance engineer. Lembede moved to Johannesburg after finishing his L.

Urban blacks, the league felt, needed more militant leadership. Antin never wanted to clash openly with him, but in private they had intense arguments.

Lembede was regarded as the architect of this important document. Lembese the house of Walter Sisulu I met with many of those who would have such formative influence; amongst them was Anton Lembede whom I first met at Walter’s place in While African nationalism remains a vibrant strand of African political thought in South Africa today, Lembede stands out as the first to have constructed a philosophy of African nationalism.


When he began law practice inhe had also earned the respect of his fellows, not only for his intellectual achievements which were manybut also for his dedication to the cause of freedom in South Africa.

Freedom in Our Lifetime: Mda, Dan Tloome, and David Bopape. From Protest to Challenge: His father Mbazwana Martin was a farm labourer and his mother was a teacher.

Archived from the original on 5 Antoj We are therefore today remembering and paying tribute to a man that has left an indelible mark on developments within our organisation and in the history of the liberation of our country. Lembede, however, insisted that direct action must be preceded by the development of a new philosophy and, more important, a new mentality among blacks.

Share it Print this article Email this article. One of his teachers at college was Albert Luthuli before he left for Groutville Mission Reserve to take up his position as Chief. The Youth League led and drove a more revolutionary approach in the ANC lemhede those years, and once more Anton Lembede was a key and instrumental figure before his untimely death.

By the s this activity had accomplished little, and younger members like Lembede began to view the ANC as stale, its methods futile and outmoded. To this spirit could be grafted elements of other cultures, such as Christian morality, appropriate to modern life, but the African spiritual foundation was crucial.

‘The hour of youth has struck!’: Anton Lembede and The Formation of the ANC Youth League

Long Walk to Freedom. Kembede was home-schooled by his mother who taught him to read and write until grade four level. Anton is tenth from the left on the bottom row. His untimely death in at the age of 33 sent a wave of grief through the Congress Youth, who had looked to him for moral as well as political leadership.


Anton Lembede

This gave others the impression that Mda was steering Lembede from behind the scenes, but in fact they clashed in privately on many issues of principle. Hoover Institution Press, Lembede, who lembeve just begun practicing law in Johannesburg, was known for his sharp intellect, fiery personality, and unwavering commitment to the struggle at hand.

Since then he has worked for organisations on peace and development issues. Lembede did not, however, live to see the passage of the Youth League’s Programme of Action, which called for various forms of civil disobedience. Find the best price online! Lembede, often working with Mda, became the leading theoretician of the departure lembeede ANC orthodoxy. He realised that the collaboration and cooperation with the patronising antob leaders had only resulted in further discriminatory treatment.

As his editors concede, much of his thought was influenced by the biological determinism that was such a staple ingredient in the scientific racism that accompanied totalitarian nationalism. Lembede became the league’s first president. Nelson Mandela wrote, “One night in I met Anton Lembede, who held master ajton arts and bachelor of law degrees, and A.

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After returning to Lesotho, he worked for the Transformation Resources Centre until when he moved first to Zimbabwe, then to Tanzania and, finally, to the United States. Home Speeches by Nelson Mandela. For us it is of special significance to be present at this occasion of lemgede reburial of Anton Lembede. Sadly, Lembede died prematurely on the 30 th of July at the age of Retrieved from ” https: