Today in history: The ANCYL is founded

By Drum Digital
02 April 2015

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) is the youth wing of the African National Congress.

Date: 2 April, 1944

It was formed in 1944 by members of the ANC who believed in African Nationalism, and wanted to follow an active policy focused on the mobilisation of the masses.

The President of the ANC at the time, Alfred Xuma, was initially rather sceptical of the ANCYL and their ideas. The leaders who formed the ANCYL were, among others, Anton Muziwakhe Lembede, Ashby Solomzi Mda, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo.

Anton Lembede became the first president of the ANCYL, which developed a manifesto in 1944 and published a program in 1948. The ANC officially adopted this program in 1949, which was implemented by James Moroka and Walter Sisulu.

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