Hector Pieterson, Mbuyisa Makhubo, and Antoinette Sithole during the Soweto Uprising 1976


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Hector Pieterson, Mbuyisa Makhubo, and Antoinette Sithole during the Soweto Uprising 1976


South Africa-History-Soweto Uprising, 1976
Nonviolence-Soweto, South Africa
Student Protesters-Soweto, South Africa
Police brutality- Soweto, South Africa
Apartheid in mass media
Apartheid-South Africa
Anti-apartheid movements-South Africa
Photographs of children- South Africa
Black newspapers- Johannesburg-South Africa
Police crackdowns-South Africa


Photojournalist Sam Nzima photographed Mbuyisa Makhubo carrying the mortally wounded twelve-year-old Hector Pieterson while Antoinette Sithole, Pieterson's sister, runs alongside during the June 16, 1976 Soweto Uprising. Nzima was a photographer for the Johannesburg based Black newspaper, The World.
Pieterson, Makhubo, and Sithole were students who participated in the non-violent Soweto Uprising, a peaceful movement of students who marched in protest against forced Afrikaans instruction. The South African Police opened fire on the unarmed children and Pieterson is believed to be the first child killed when the violence broke out.

This photo became an icon of the Soweto Uprising and drew the world’s attention to the violence Black South Africans endured under apartheid when it was published in The World. After Nzima’s photos of the police brutality during the Soweto Uprising were published he received so many threats to his life that he had to flee Johannesburg.


Nzima, Sam


The World




Nieves, Angel David


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For item coherence and context consider the following:

Violence against peaceful student protesters
Disappearance of Mbuyisa Makhubo after the Soweto Uprising
Continued death threats and torture of student activists after the Soweto Uprising by the South African state
Police brutality in South Africa
Sam Nzima's difficulty attaining the copyrights to his photos
Sam Nzima's museum
Soweto Student Activists fleeing South Africa

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Nzima, Sam, “Hector Pieterson, Mbuyisa Makhubo, and Antoinette Sithole during the Soweto Uprising 1976,” Apartheid Heritages Archive, accessed October 22, 2021, http://apartheidheritagesarchive.com/items/show/59.

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