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Charlotte Maxeke

Charlotte Maxeke – Photo from National Museum Publications

Charlotte Maxeke, born in 1871, was a pioneering South African activist, educator, and leader. She was involved in various social justice movements, including the struggle against apartheid and the advancement of women’s rights. Maxeke was one of the founding members of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1912.

Maxeke’s involvement in the Pan-African movement is particularly significant. She attended the first Pan-African Conference held in London in 1900, where she worked alongside Henry Sylvester Williams and other African and diasporic leaders to address issues facing people of African descent worldwide. Maxeke’s contributions to the Pan-African movement helped to shape its early development and laid the groundwork for future activism and oi=olitical mobilization.

Throughout her life, Maxeke remained committed to fighting for the rights and equality of all people, especially those marginalized by colonialism and racism. She left a lasting legacy as a trailblazer in South African and Pan-African history, inspiring generations of activists to come.

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