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Why I can sleep-in tomorrow…

Sharpeville (Photo: Baileys African History Archives; Corbis; Avusa Archives)

21 March: Human Rights Day

On this day in 1960 the police killed 69 people at Sharpeville who were participating in a protest against the pass laws. Many were shot in the back. The carnage made world headlines. Four days later the government banned black political organizations, many leaders were arrested or went into exile. During the Apartheid era there were human rights abuses by all sides; Human Rights Day is but one step to ensure that the people of South Africa are aware of their human rights and to ensure that such abuses never again occur. (http://africanhistory.about.com)

So this day we remember all those who gave up their lives so I can live a better life.  I don’t take it lightly.  I salute you!

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