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Back to listJun 16, 2009

SGI-South Africa Youth Commemorate National Youth Day

090715south_africa_chorus.jpg SGI-South Africa youth members' performance

On June 16, 2009, SGI-South Africa youth members, together with several thousand local residents, attended a celebration of South Africa's Youth Day in Johannesburg, South Africa. Youth Day is a public holiday in South Africa and commemorates the 1976 Soweto youth uprisings, which played a key role in the abolition of apartheid in South Africa.

SGI-South Africa's youth are actively promoting "Victory Over Violence," SGI's youth-sponsored initiative that helps young people identify and begin to counteract root causes of violence in their own lives and communities.

Also on June 16, the young people hosted an exhibition introducing South Africa's human rights fighters and held a commemorative meeting on Vilakazi Street where Nobel Peace Laureates Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu once resided. During the gathering, youth members of SGI-South Africa's Gauteng Chapter performed songs and dances and introduced the SGI's activities for peace, culture and education.

[Adapted from an article in the July 15, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]