Today we are commemorating our struggle hero Charlotte Maxeke who has been laid to rest in Nancefield Soweto. The activist passed away on 16 October 1939. A wreath-laying ceremony to celebrate our pioneer as she would have turned 150 today is underway in Soweto.
Charlotte Maxeke was a peaceful warrior, a pioneer, and a legend. Her life deserves to be brought onto the world stage and celebrated by South African and global citizens alike for her exceptional contribution to the struggle for women’s and workers’ rights and her lifelong dedication to the struggle for peace, justice, and equality.
Maxeke was the first black South African woman to receive a university degree and an activist, advocate for women’s rights. she was often honoured as ‘Mother of Black Freedom in South Africa’.
The Gauteng government and the city of Johannesburg are commemorating the life of a social and political activist.
Charlotte Maxeke’s legacy remains relevant and inspirational to the people of South Africa and people across the world. Share your commemorating messages celebrating 150 years of Charlotte Maxexe with us on Twitter and Facebook.
The lesson to be learnt from the life of Charlotte Makgomo Maxeke is of selflessness and upliftment. Throughout her life she worked to create opportunities and equality for women in South Africa. I salute her. #CharlotteMaxeke pic.twitter.com/qkOm5i5xra
— Kananelo (@kaysexwale) April 7, 2021
Happy Birthday Mama Charlotte Maxeke! 150 years ago today, this heroine – who was the first African woman to obtain a university degree – was born.
— Keabetswe Nkosazana Manyobe (@KBmanyobe) April 7, 2021