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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In addition, the Youth League noted the failure of the ANC’s traditional methods and increasing black poverty.

Timeline of Anton Lembede

These, as history has shown went on to further prove that indeed the hour of youth had struck. Nelson Mandela wrote, “One night in I met Anton Lembede, who held master of arts and bachelor of law degrees, and A. Skip to content Facebook Twitter. He never saw the success of black activism that enabled black South Africans to be treated equally, since sadly he died inaged 33, of intestinal issues.

From Protest to Challenge: The Evolution of an Ideology.

leembede Our youth had suffered gravely under the cruelty of apartheid. This reflects the traditional view of his antom that had been created by John Dube after hearing the ideas of the American Booker Washington.

Anton was home-schooled by his mother who taught him to read and write until grade four level. Lembede’s views at the time were more practical than political and he wrote about the need for education and self-reliance. Lembede then enrolled at the University of South Africa for a law degree and completed it in Retrieved 3 August In after Lembede’s death the ” Programme of Action ” was agreed by the ANC under its new more militant president.

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.


One of his teachers at college was Albert Luthuli before he left for Lembeve Mission Reserve to take up his position as Chief.

Urbanization had brought masses of blacks together, far from their traditional home-lands. NB posts by category: In after graduation by Adams College, he not only took up teaching posts but he also pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in his spare time.

He lembece insisted lemmbede ethnic differences were disappearing and that the young men and women of that time were thinking of themselves as Africans in the first place rather than as members of an ethnic group.

Retrieved from ” https: Mda took over the presidency on a temporary basis after Lembede died, but he was elected to the position in time.

Lembede moved to Johannesburg after finishing his L. He had realized that history had been distorted by the “white leaders” and that you did not need to be white to lead. Also present was Nelson Mandela and Evelyn Mase. Lembede’s insistence on overcoming ethnic differences abton on building a united sense of being African is equally relevant to the work the Youth League does today.

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

Share it Print this article Email this article. Lembede was regarded as the architect of this important document. This reburial ceremony also reminds us on a personal level of the shock of his sudden death in July Hoover Institution Press, July 30, aged Their bravery and sense of sacrifice, however, outmatched the cruelties of the apartheid regime.

Archived from the original on 5 August Lembede read widely and he would quote fascist leaders until Mda pointed out the racist policies that they espoused. Anton is tenth from the left on the bottom row.

Nelson Mandela – Speeches – Address by Nelson Mandela at reburial of Anton Lembede, Durban

At 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 Lembede was inflexible and rejected the idea of welcoming sympathetic white supporters. 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.


Seme had first proposed the idea of the ANC and he had been an unimpressive president of the organisation. It was Anton Lembede, however whom they chose as their first president. Lembede was regarded as the progenitor of the “Programme of Action” that was adopted as a guiding document by the meeting of the African National Congress. The son of farm laborers from the district of Georgedale, Natal, Lembede had worked tirelessly to put himself through school and college, and then to qualify for the bachelor of laws degree.

Address by Nelson Mandela at reburial of Anton Lembede, Durban 27 October We salute the ANC Youth League for taking this initiative to honour in this very fitting manner the memory of one the great leaders and intellectuals of our struggle, Anton Lembede.

This reflects the traditional view of his school that had been lembedr by John Dube after hearing the ideas of the American Booker Washington. University of California Press. This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat Interview with Mda, A.

It was Anton Lembede, however, whom they chose as their first president. He was given the name “Anton” by a priest lembed Eston. He specialises in modern religious and political movements in southern Africa.

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His father Mbazwana Martin was a farm labourer and his mother was a teacher. Today Anton Lembede would have celebrated his 70 th birthday this year, had he not died so young at It is as a tribute to that heroism and courage that we need to conduct ourselves with Lembede’s self-confidence, eschewing lembeede sense of victimhood that so often paralyses rather than inspires.

By the s this activity had accomplished little, and younger members like Lembede began lembfde view the ANC as stale, its methods futile and outmoded.