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LOCAL RESIDENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO MUHAMMAD ALI
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Former Chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa ( ICASA, Dr. Stepehen Mncube paid tribute to  world-renowned boxer and activist Muhammad Ali last Monday. Dr. Stephen Mncube, a Bedfordview resident, said he met Ali, real name Cassius Marcelius Clay Jr., in the early 1960s at the University of Rochester in New York.

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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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Dr. KWAME NKRUMAH

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Kwame Nkrumah was born in 1909 in the West African, then British controlled colony that was then known as the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast at the time was straining under the oppressive exploitation of colonialism, which dominated the entire African world, and much of the rest of the non-white world. Under this system, racist rule allowed Europeans to rip off the wealth of the exploited people on a massive scale. Exhibiting an early love for education, young Kwame became a secondary school teacher at the age of seventeen. Later as a student at Achimota Teachers College he was exposed to politics for the first time as he came into contact with activists from the West African Nationalist Movement.

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Dr. Prof. LEOPOLD SEDAR SENGHOR

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Léopold Sédar Senghor (9 October 1906 – 20 December 2001) was a Senegalese poet, politician, and cultural theorist who for two decades served as the first president of Senegal (1960–1980). Senghor was the first African elected as a member of the Académie française. Before independence, he founded the political party called the Senegalese Democratic Bloc. He is regarded by many as one of the most important African intellectuals of the 20th century.

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US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA

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President Obama’s highlights:

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REV. LOWERY INAUGURATION BENEDICTION. TRANSCRIPT.

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God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far along the way, thou who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray, lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee, lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee. Shadowed beneath thy hand may we forever stand — true to thee, O God, and true to our native land.

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DR STEVEN NCUBE WRITES ABOUT REV. LOWERY AND THE MARRIAGE HE PERFORMED.

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After many seasons l found myself

Serenading her to the alter For matrimonial felicity At the same old Methodist church Where Dr Lowery had presided For many rains ago And was cofounder Of the SCLC with the late Dr Martin Luther King

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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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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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NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY LAUNCHED

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Nelson Mandela International Day was launched by a panel of schoolchildren on Monday in the absence of the recuperating former president.

Foundation spokesperson Sello Hatang said a decision was made ahead of the launch not to mention Madiba’s health to avoid it overshadowing the event.

Monday’s launch, held at the Nelson Mandela Foundations’s premises in Houghton saw children, from various high schools in Gauteng, give their views on what the day means to them and how it should be commemorated.

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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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