Today in history: Catholic schools open to black pupils

By Drum Digital
20 March 2015

The Roman Catholic Church decided in principle to open its 192 all-white schools to black pupils.

Date: 20 March, 1976

Legal questions relating to this were going to be discussed with the government. Three months later, more than 20 000 learners from Soweto marched against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Black secondary schools. The uprising then escalated into a nation-wide revolt, revitalising the struggle for liberation in South Africa.

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