Amandla - Awethu

My 9yr old daughter, Zola, painted this picture for the 1st Anniversary of the George Floyd killing. #BlackLivesMatter

Amandla, in the Nguni languages, means "power". The word was a popular rallying cry in the days of resistance against apartheid, used by the African National Congress and its allies. The leader of a group would call out "Amandla!" and the crowd would respond with "Awethu" or "Ngawethu!" (to us), completing the South African version of the rallying cry "power to the people!". The word is still associated with struggles against oppression.

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