This symposium and reception will explore and celebrate the impact of students from Southern Africa on the UCLA campus and the City of Los Angeles. Beginning in the late 1950’s, many students from Africa and the Diaspora sought intellectual challenges and political refuge at UCLA. It could be argued, however, that none had a greater impact than the students from Southern Africa. Through the life, work, and ideas of Arthur Wina, Bernard Magubane, Mazisi Kunene, Thamsanqa “Tim” Ngubeni and others, “A Luta Continua” will tell the story of their vast contributions to African Studies, diversity, and campus governance. Through their scholarship and activism, these Bruins not only helped shape the struggles to liberate Southern Africa from colonialism and apartheid, but In the process they helped change Los Angeles and UCLA forever.
However today challenges remain: Now that the political struggle against colonialism and apartheid has been won, how do we channel the talents and passions of those struggles into collaborative endeavors to advance educational opportunities for young Americans and Southern Africans so that they can overcome the legacies of the past?
The event is free.