Black History

Remembering slavery: Recognising legacy and contributions of people of African descent
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Politics and Society Remembering slavery: Recognising legacy and contributions of people of African descent

“Slavery is not a thing of the past. Today we talk about modern slavery and human trafficking; the push back on multi-lateralism and human rights; about race, identity and culture; and the challenges on how we can co-exist together,” says UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences.

The (un)ambiguity of the image – the story of 16 June
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Politics and Society The (un)ambiguity of the image – the story of 16 June

The image that classically characterises 16 June 1976 is that of a tearful Mbuyisa Makhubo carrying a slain 12-year-old Hector Pieterson, flanked by a hysterical Antoinette Sithole, Hector’s sister, taken by Sam Nzama is a marker of history. Nzama’s image is unambiguous and intact. The role of the visual image has ceased to be iconographic. In these hyper-visual times, digital technology has lent greater complexity to our relationship with images writes Kagiso Mnisi.