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Maurice Webb Memorial Lecture

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Maurice Webb Memorial Lecture

21 October, 2023 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Maurice Webb Memorial Lecture

Since the advent of white settlement and colonialism in Southern Africa, racism has featured prominently to create social and political hierarchy. It deemed African people and their religion cultural practices as inferior and therefore should be subjugated and placed under white control and tutelage. Interestingly, even when black people embraced western values, education and religion, they were still regarded as inferior. There is a litany of examples of African leaders in the church who were not trusted enough by the church hierarchy. The emergence of African Indigenous Churches (Ethiopian) and the African National Congress are testament to the unwillingness of the white establishment to recognise the humanity of the African person. The white government after the South African war continued with policies that discriminated against African people. Maurice Webb was born in England and came to South Africa to find ways of making a living as the London context did not offer much for him and his family. He came to South Africa and got involved in a number of community developmental initiatives motivated by his Quaker values and worldview. He started questioning the racial discrimination and wanted to promote relations among races in South Africa.

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21 October, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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