7/16 Apartheid Museum
“There is dignity in adversity”
What can I say? I had the honor and privilege of visiting the Apartheid Museum today. Ironically, I made it here before I made it to the African American Museum in DC. I must get to DC when I get home.
Words can not do justice to my feelings. I was overwhelmed with pride regarding how hard my people will fight for social justice and human rights. The museum made me question, how much has the US really changed since the civil rights era? With the new wave of overt racism in our country, it appears to me as it we have been set back 50 years if not more. How much more can we endure but more importantly how much more can we bare, before we return to legalized Jim Crow? Hmmm.. the US is smart enough to never legalize ‘Jim Crow’ as we know it in the past, because it has the current assurance that social mores now do the work that the laws no longer need to do.
The museum did more than just remind me of the strength of my people, it reinforced how I must not be just a good leader, but a great leader. I must be a leader in which when people think of me they think honor, respect, dignity, confidence, educated, articulate, strong, regal, fair, forward thinking, global, class, and faith influenced. It’s one thing to be in a position of power, but another not to use that position to empower those who look up to you or need your assistance. In sum, being better is about doing better.
My reflections will be summaries of various quotes from today.
“One of the temptations of a leader is that he may use his powerful position to settle scores with his distractors, marginalize them and in certain cases get rid of them and surround himself with yes-man and yes-women. A leader must keep the focus together but you cant do that unless you allow dissent. People should even be able to criticize the leader without fear of favour”..Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Motivation to Fight
“The white man is the Master of South Africa, and the white man form the nature of his origins, from the very nature of his birth, and from the very nature of his guardianship will remain master in South Africa”…House of Assembly Debate 15/3/50 Col.3610
Follow up assignments to be utilized for classroom discussion on Social Change:
- Compare and contrast South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement to the Civil rights movement in the US. Please discuss legislation and social issues of each movement, identified three (3) key leaders of each movement and their roles, what was the strategy utilized to advance the movement. Would that strategy work today, why or why not, and what would is needed today in order to advance the movement.
- How has each country advanced since the movement? How have things remained the same?
- What does this mean for the future of each country? Have they hit the ‘glass ceiling’ for advancement? What is the likelihood of continued advancements in the current state of each country?