Robert Sobukwe human rights day

Robert Sobukwe, circa 1950s. Photo: Gallo Images/Avusa

Human Rights Day: Ways to keep the spirit of Robert Sobukwe alive

Here’s how to learn more about Robert Sobukwe on Human Rights Day.

Robert Sobukwe human rights day

Robert Sobukwe, circa 1950s. Photo: Gallo Images/Avusa

21 March 1960 is an important day in South Africa’s history. The date, which is commemorated as a public holiday, marks the anniversary of the infamous Sharpeville Massacre.

Human Right Day 2021

While in these trying times, a day off from work is welcomed. This Human Rights day is also an excellent time for us to dig into the history of the Sharpeville Massacre and the impact it ultimately had on the country.

Google has curated some handy resources to help its users educate themselves about the history of what has now become Human Rights day in South Africa.

The quickest and easiest of these will allow android users to ask their Google assistant about the history of the Sharpeville massacre and find out more about what happened on 21 March 1960.

Use Google Assistant

You can try asking your google assistant:

  • Hey, Google, what happened in South Africa on 21 March 1960? 
  • Hey Google, what were pass laws in South Africa?
  • Hey Google, who led the Sharpeville protests?
  • Hey Google, how did Chief Albert Luthuli react to the Sharpeville Massacre?
  • Hey Google, who took photos of the Sharpeville Massacre? 
  • Hey, Google, why is 21 March Human Rights Day? 
  • In addition, the Sharpeville massacre exhibition, Where the Non-violent Campaign to Reverse Apartheid Began, is accessible from Google Arts website.

The powerful exhibition documents the Sharpeville protest and the aftermath thereof through pictures and captions.

Watch: Remember Sobukwe!

Remember Sobukwe is a 23-minute montage produced by Journeyman Pictures.

The video gives an insight into Robert Sobukwe, his politics and philosophy, and what happened to him due to his involvement in organizing the Sharpville protest.

Also available on Google Arts and Culture is Robert Sobukwe in Solitary Confinement. The exhibit documents Robert Sobukwe’s time in solitary confinement and his extended incarceration.

These resources are a fantastic starting point for anyone who’s better acquaint themselves with this important day in South Africa’s history and Robert Sobukewe’s role in it.