Today in History: The founding of the ANC

BY MATTHEW COLLINS - JANUARY 8, 2015

On the 8th of January 1912, in response to the restrictions imposed on black people by the then government, the South African Native National Congress (SANNC) was formed in Mangaung Township, Bloemfontein with John Dube as its first president. The SANNC’s name was later changed to the African National Congress (ANC) in 1923.

Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the ANC, an organisation which has been, throughout its history, at the forefront of the anti-apartheid mission.  

The SANNC/ANC, in its founding, set out to uplift the lives of black people and to remove their chains of oppression in realising the foundational tenets of liberty.

 

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