Sobukwe: Remember AFRIKA

AN EXCERPT FROM AN ADDRESS DELIVERED ON BEHALF OF THE GRADUATING CLASS AT FORT HARE COLLEGE DELIVERED AT THE "COMPLETERS' SOCIAL" BY MR. SOBUKWE, OCTOBER 21, 1949

Let me plead with you, lovers of my Africa, to carry with you into the world the vision of a new Africa, an Africa reborn, an Africa rejuvenated, an Africa re-created, young AFRICA. We are the first glimmers of a new dawn. And if we are persecuted for our views, we should remember, as the African saying goes, that it is darkest before dawn, and that the dying beast kicks most violently when it is giving up the ghost, so-to-speak. The fellows who clamped Nehru into jail are today his servants. And we have it from the Bible that those who crucified Christ will appear before him on the judgment day. We are what we are because the God of Africa made us so. We dare not compromise, nor dare we use moderate language in the course of freedom. As Zik puts it:
"Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell a man moderately to rescue his wife from the arms of a ravisher; tell a mother to extricate gradually her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but do not ask me to use moderation in a cause like the present."
These things shall be, says the Psalmist: Africa will be free. The wheel of progress revolves relentlessly. And all the nations of the world take their turn at the field-glass of human destiny. Africa will not retreat! Africa will not compromise! Africa will not relent! Africa will not equivocate! And she will be heard! REMEMBER AFRICA!

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  1. Those are truly empowering words. It is important that we remember the truth and the promise of Africa's freedom as its inhabitants so that we may propel ourselves to the betterment of every African on her land. We, her people are the ambassadors of her intrinsic truth and as well as a light for others in our various every day engagement fields, we need to serve as her beacons always.

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