Profiles

OUR LATE PROF. HERBERT VILAKAZI

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I first met the late proffersor herbert vilakazi at ntate gwagwa’s place in the early 1960’s in new york city.

Ntate gwagwa’s place was like a bee hive to all south african exiles in the usa

They came from many corners and cervices of the usa.

Ntate jonas’s place was indeed like a refuge camp for all south africans who were overwhelmed by the skirmishes of new york city

Whenever you paid ntate jonas a visit you were likely to find a mosiac collectivity of south africans young at heart and

Defiant of apartheid rule of law.

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PROFESSOR EMERITA, MARTA L. DOSA, PH.D. SYRACUSE UNIVERSITYMarta Dosa 01

Professor emerita, marta l. dosa, ph.d. (University of Michigan, 1971), spent nearly four decades contributing to the growth of knowledge in library and information science.

There are three major aspects of this career worth describing here as a nomination for recognition as a “Woman of Library History.”  Marta Dosa made immeasurable contributions to the field of information science, and was a tireless leader of seminars and conferences worldwide.

First and foremost were her efforts in bridging the availability of and access to the vast data and information repositories between developing regions and the industrialized and more developed regions of the world. Marta Dosa was among the very first academics who realized the vast cultural, social, economic and political differences between those two groups: the data and information rich nations, and the much more impoverished nations in such critical need of that very same base of knowledge on which to improve their standards of living and indicators of a better quality of life.

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US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA

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29 JUNE 2013 – PRESIDENT OBAMA PARTICIPATES IN A BILATERAL MEETING AND JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE WITH PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA OF SOUTH AFRICA.

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A PAGE WITH NTATE WALTER SISULU

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The most humbling experience in my life came when Nate Walter Sisulu requested me to prepare a speech that was to be delivered at the Vaal Reef Memorial Service in 1998.  Many thoughts ran through my mind as I prepared the speech.  But, I must say the most dominant influence came from the words once uttered by J. J.R Jolobe when he said:

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REV. LOWERY INAUGURATION BENEDICTION. TRANSCRIPT.

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LETTER FROM A DEAR FRIEND DR STEVE MOKONE AKA “KALAMAZOO”

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Steve, Believe it or not, I was trying to empty my draw when I came upon your card and said to myself, I have to sent him an E-mail and surprise him, if he is still alive. I say alive, ’cause we are all coming to the end of our journey. What seemed so far away all of a sudden is within our horizon.  On march 23rd, I turn 80. Yes 80.

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IN PROFILE: KADER ASMAL (8 OCTOBER 1934 – 22 JUNE 2011)

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Kader Asmal was a man who achieved much in life and, gave back to his country. An activist, professor of human rights at the University of the Western Cape, chairman of the council of the University of the North and vice-president of the African Association of International Law.  He was an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, received a doctorate Honoris Causa from Queen’s University Belfast (1996) and was a laureate of the 2000 Stockholm Water Prize. Sadly, he passed away on 22 June 2011 after suffering a heart attack. He is survived by his wife Louise Parkinson and two sons.

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NONTSIKELELO ALBERTINA SISULU (21 OCTOBER 1918 – 2 JUNE 2011)

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Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu (21 October 1918 – 2 June 2011) was a black, female, South African anti-apartheid activist, and the widow of fellow activist Walter Sisulu (1912–2003). She was affectionately known as Ma Sisulu throughout her lifetime by the South African public. In 2004 she was voted 57th in the SABC3’s Great South Africans. She passed away on 2 June 2011, in her home in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa, aged 92.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

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Martin Luther King  Jr (1929–1968) was an American clergyman and civil-rights leader. He was the son of a pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. King in 1954 became minister of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He led the black boycott (1955–1956) of segregated city bus lines and in 1956 gained a major victory and prestige as a civil-rights leader when Montgomery buses began to operate on a desegregated basis.

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RABINDRANATH TAGORE (MAY 1861 – 7 AUGUST 1941)

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A Pirali Brahmin from Kolkata and the youngest of 13 children born in the Jorasanko mansion to parents Debendranath Tagore (1817 – 1905) and Sarada Devi (1830 – 1875) was a Bengali poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright who reshaped Bengali literature and music. As author ofGitanjali, he was the first non-European who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He was perceived as prophet-like in the west due to his spiritual poetry.

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KAIZER MOTAUNG IN ATLANTA GEORGIA

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When I came to Atlanta in the late sixties I felt like a new born baby here in the land of Martin Luther King, Andrew Young, and Rap Brown Georgia was by and large the Birmingham of the civil rights movement.

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PROFILING DON MATTERA, A MAN WITH GREAT HISTORY

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Originally born Donato Francisco in Westbury,1935. Don Materra grew up in Sophiatown in a time that rejoiced vibrant South African culture. He depicted Sophiatown in his biography Memory is the Weapon, written in 1987, for it’s beauty; picturesque and intimate like most ghettoes. . . . Mansions and quaint cottages . . . stood side by side with rusty wood-and-iron shacks, locked in a fraternal embrace of filth and felony. . . . The rich and the poor, the exploiters and the exploited, all knitted together in a colourful fabric that ignored race or class structures.

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TRIBUTE TO FATIMA MEER

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(1928 to 2010)

Background

Fatima was born in Grey Street (Kwa-Zulu Natal) on 12 August 1928, the daughter of a Muslim father Moosa Meer; and Jewish / Portuguese mother Rachel Farrel, who embraced Islam and took the name Amina. She was the second of nine children. Moosa was born in Surat, Gujarat and came from the small Sunni Bhora community. Although not a Theologian in religion, he was well versed and greatly respected for his vast knowledge of Islam, Hinduism and Christianity. His children inherited his passion for language, education, religious tolerance and tireless opposition to discrimination.

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CAIPHAS SEMENYA

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In the dark city of Alexander Township

Not too far from Kings Bioscope

A place that sparked Alexander bus boycott

Masemenya lived around the corner from here at 4TH Street.

She epitomized womanhood to be human hood and more

Masemenya gave birth to a child called Caiphas Semenya

Who went on to weave and sing many songs.

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THE REQUIEM OF SOUTH AFRICAN EXILE STORY

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In New York City, the Golden City cannot be complete

without a page on Jonas Gwagwa and his music,

that pierced through his dungeon like apartment on 7th Ave

in Manhattan not too far from Columbia University.

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