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Inquirer's 'heavy weight' Patrick K. Wrokpoh is dead


C. Winnie Saywah

2011-06-30, Issue 537

Patrick K. Wrokpoh, Liberian journalist and contributor to Pambazuka News, died last Friday following a brief illness. C. Winnie Saywah looks back on his career.

Death of a Panther

Remembering G

Seth Markle & Mejah Mbuya

2011-06-09, Issue 534

Former Black Panther Geronimo Ji-Jaga died in Arusha, Tanzania last Friday. ‘His death marks yet another loss of a committed social justice activist of an era that is gradually fading from our collective memory,’ write Seth Markle and Mejah Mbuya.

Saying good-bye to Gil Scott-Heron


Bill Fletcher, Jr

2011-06-09, Issue 534

Poet and singer Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘albums became part of my life and his songs and messages were part of the support system on which I and many other Black radicals came to depend,’ writes Bill Fletcher, Jr.

The Revolution STILL will not be televised

Keeping it Real

Larry Pinkney

2011-06-09, Issue 534

Politically conscious musician and poet Gil Scott Heron’s ‘physical body is gone from us now but his message is more relevant than ever. We everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people know only too well that the revolution still will not be televised-- "it will be live",’ writes Larry Pinkney.

In memory of Nontsikelelo 'Mama' Albertina Sisulu

Shaka Sisulu

2011-06-09, Issue 534

The death of Albertina Sisulu has been met with national mourning in South Africa. At age 92, Sisulu, an anti-apartheid struggle icon, had survived the darkest days of apartheid rule. She was banned for a continuous 18-year stretch by the apartheid regime and was separated from her husband, Walter Sisulu, for 25 years while he was in jail. In this article, Shaka Sisulu pays tribute to his 'Gogo'.

Abdias do Nascimento: In memoriam


Molefi Kete Asante

2011-06-02, Issue 532

‘Abdias do Nascimento defended the oppressed, advanced creativity, sought human community and made our lives better by his art, reason, emotion, and laughter,’ writes Molefi Kete Asante, in a homage to ‘this brother genius who has cherished our history and culture and who has made the life and struggle of the African Brazilian people his personal mission.’

Glenn Cowley: An appreciation of a South African publisher

Robert Molteno

2011-05-25, Issue 531

South African publisher Glenn Cowley, who ran the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press in the period 1998-2009, has passed away. Robert Molteno pays tribute.

Zim Ngqawana: ‘I sing with a sword in my hand’

(25 December 1959 – 10 May 2011)

Aryan Kaganof

2011-05-12, Issue 529

‘Music was not an end result for Bra’ Zim, it was the means to provide healing.’ Aryan Kaganof reflects on the life of South African musician and mentor, Zim Ngqawana, ‘one individual whose life was not going to fit into an obituary.’

Dipping our banners for May Brutus

8 May 1929 – 12 March 2011

Tony Brutus

2011-03-17, Issue 521

May Brutus, wife of South African poet-activist Dennis, died suddenly on 12 March in London. ‘Those who knew May will remember a feisty, outspoken and awe-inspiring figure, speaking her mind on racism and injustice wherever she found it,’ writes her son, Tony Brutus.

Malangatana, force of nature


Pauline Wynter

2011-01-12, Issue 512

Mozambican poet and painter Malangatana Ngwenya passed away on 5 January. Pauline Wynter celebrates the iconic artist who brought the world around him to life.

Giving his body for the spirit to grow

Odipo Jacob Odhiambo: An obituary

Philo Ikonya

2010-11-24, Issue 507

Following the passing of Odipo Jacob Odhiambo, Philo Ikonya pays tribute to the Kenyan activist and shares personal experiences of their arrest together last year.

Jacob Odipo: Source of strength to many

Raphael Obonyo

2010-11-18, Issue 505

Jacob Odipo’s resilience and resolve for a more equal Kenya was always on full display, writes Raphael Obonyo.

Passing on of Comrade Peter Young Kihara

Release Political Prisoners (RPP) Trust

2010-09-30, Issue 498

Comrade Peter Young Kihara, veteran human rights defender, died on 26 September 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya. Kihara played 'a crucial role in constitution making' and showed 'unwavering commitment to work with the poor' at grassroots level, writes the RPP.

Lewis Nkosi, writer and academic


2010-09-16, Issue 496

South African writer and academic Lewis Nkosi has died, writes Margaret von Klemperer. ‘He was a fearless critic, a clear analytical voice. He didn’t have to align himself with any group and spoke his mind on both literary and wider cultural issues.’ Nkosi is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Lewis Nkosi: He brightened our lives and thoughts


Wangui wa Goro

2010-09-16, Issue 496

The sorrow is long But the sparrow must return To the nest He served well And brightened our lives and our thoughts I am sad still And pray that we all find a dry eye With which to remember our giants As they fall Go well Giant Friend You touched our lives!

In memory of Floribert Chebeya Bahzire

Dave Peterson

2010-06-16, Issue 486

In the wake of the recent death of Floribert Chebeya Bahzire, Dave Peterson pays tribute to this revered figure who was ‘undoubtedly Congo’s most prominent, committed and courageous human rights activist’.

On meeting Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert

Isabella Matambanadzo

2010-05-25, Issue 483

Following the 14 May death of Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, Isabella Matambanadzo pays tribute to a man who 'believed in human agency and worked tirelessly for it'.

Hamba kahle Mama Fatima

In memoriam: Fatima Meer (1928–2010)

Lubna Nadvi

2010-03-17, Issue 474

Fatima Meer, ‘a champion of human rights, an advocate of the poor and disenfranchised, an outstanding academic and author and a woman of impeccable integrity and principles', sadly passed away on 12 March 2010 after a stroke. Lubna Nadvi reflects on her legacy: ‘While there can only be one Fatima Meer, she ignited the imagination of so many others that she came into contact with to fight for a better world. That is perhaps her most enduring contribution.’

Eulogy to Fatima Meer

Ashwin Desai

2010-03-18, Issue 474

Following the passing of Fatima Meer on 12 March, Ashwin Desai pays tribute to a figure who 'was nothing less than the spiritual leader of the strivings for social justice and equality' in post-1994 South Africa.

Fatima Meer: Reminded of society’s unfulfilled desires


Patrick Bond and Orlean Naidoo

2010-03-18, Issue 474

Fatima Meer, one of South Africa’s most senior civil society scholar–activists, died on Friday 12 March. Patrick Bond and Orlean Naidoo pay tribute to the ‘always nimble’ community organiser, with her ability to ‘think and act locally, nationally and globally’, noting: ‘With this beautiful voice silenced, surely our responsibility now is to stand up and shout louder still’.

Tribute to Comrade Ng’ang’a Thiong’o

Stephen Musau

Release Political Prisoner’s (RPP)

2010-02-25, Issue 471

Ng'ana'a Thiong'o, Kenyan social activist and legal adviser for the people, sadly passed away on 7 February 2010. ‘It is not easy to write a tribute for a true comrade, a revolutionary, an environmentalist, a peoples’ advocate, a principled politician, a global citizen, an intellectual and creative thinker like Ng’ang’a Thiong’o’, writes Stephen Musau.

Howard Zinn, activist historian

1922 - 2010

Shailja Patel

2010-01-29, Issue 468

Howard Zinn, 87, an activist historian whose 'People's History of the United States' resurrected neglected stories of the country's past and became a surprise bestseller in the 1980s and beyond, died of a heart attack on 27 January in Santa Monica, California, where he was on a speaking tour.

Howard Zinn: A true American hero


Staff and Board at the Oakland Institute

2010-02-04, Issue 468

Howard Zinn, social activist, historian and playwright, passed away at the age of 87, on 27 January 2010. The Oakland Institute remembers him: ‘the world has not only lost a legendary historian but an individual, whose commitment to social and economic justice, peace and internationalism, and passion for telling the truth, can be matched by few others… Indeed the world has lost one of its best teachers.’

Howard Zinn: A tribute to the legendary historian with Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove


Democracy Now

2010-02-04, Issue 468

In this tribute to Howard Zinn, historian, writer and activist, Democracy Now speaks with ‘those who knew him best: Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove’. This is a video interview and includes a full rush transcript. Howard Zinn’s classic work A People’s History of the United States ‘changed the way we look at history in America. It has sold over a million copies and was recently made into a television special called The People Speak.’

David Coetzee, progressive journalist and publisher


Adrian Crewe

2010-01-28, Issue 467

David Coetzee, the founder of the alternative information bulletin SouthScan, for a number of years the most significant source of independent, uncensored information about what was going on in apartheid South Africa, passed away on 24 January 2010 at the age of 66.

Bill Sutherland, Pan-African pacifist


Esi Sutherland-Addy, Ralph Sutherland, Amowi Sutherland Phillips and Matt Meyer

2010-01-14, Issue 465

Bill Sutherland, unofficial ambassador between the peoples of Africa and the Americas for over fifty years, died peacefully on the evening of 2 January 2010. He was 91.

What we learned from Dennis Brutus’ troubadour politics

Patrick Bond

2010-01-07, Issue 464

‘No South African threw themselves more passionately into so many global and local battles. But from where did the indomitable energy emerge?’ Patrick Bond pays tribute to troubadour Dennis Brutus, who died at the age of 85 on 26 December 2009, ‘battling cancer, climate change and capitalism.’

Dennis Brutus: ‘An ironclad sense of solidarity’


Patrick Bond

2010-01-07, Issue 464

Patrick Bond collates excerpts of testimonials about the late Dennis Brutus, ‘a poet whose work will be celebrated forever, and whose wisdom in so many campaigns for social justice will be sorely missed’, from institutions, individuals and the media.

Comrade Ronnie Press

The South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU)

2009-11-06, Issue 456

The South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU) pays humble tribute to Comrade Ronnie Press, one of the Movements great heroes, one of whom may not always be spoken of, but one whose contribution to the National Liberation of South Africa, the wor...

Keith Goddard (1960-2009): Champion of LGBT rights

GALZ (Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe)

2009-10-15, Issue 453

Keith Goddard, champion for the struggle for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people's rights in Zimbabwe, passed away on 10 October, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) has announced.

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