Beyond the legacy of 1976: Morris Isaacson High School, popular memory and the struggle for education in central Soweto

Beyond the legacy of 1976: Morris Isaacson High School, popular memory and the struggle for education in central Soweto

Author: 
Glaser, Clive
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2020
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African Studies
Source: 
African Studies, Vol. 79, No. 1, 2020, pp. 21-36
Abstract: 

Morris Isaacson High School in Jabavu, Soweto, has often been described as the epicentre of the June 1976 Uprising. It has become a focal point for memorials and annual commemorations. Few South Africans know anything else about the school. This paper argues that, while the school did in fact play an important role in the Uprising, it has a longer and possibly more important history as an educational institution catering to often extremely poor, working class families in the heart of Soweto. I discuss Morris Isaacson in historical memory, including an analysis of the filming of Sarafina! and conclude that in educational terms, Morris Isaacson has been much neglected. Astute leadership and committed alumni in recent years have managed to leverage the school's political fame to attract state and private sponsorship. But this material assistance has not entirely resolved the school's problems, which are mostly rooted in the deeper deprivation of its neighbourhood.

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CITATION: Glaser, Clive. Beyond the legacy of 1976: Morris Isaacson High School, popular memory and the struggle for education in central Soweto . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2020. African Studies, Vol. 79, No. 1, 2020, pp. 21-36 - Available at: https://library.au.int/beyond-legacy-1976-morris-isaacson-high-school-popular-memory-and-struggle-education-central-soweto