Today is the anniversary of the Soweto massacre, where hundreds of people were killed for objecting to the Apartheid government’s policy of forcing children to be schooled in Afrikaans, despite their home language being anything but. The only exception to this was that white, English-speaking children were allowed to be taught in English.

Reports of the events indicate that soldiers and police opened fire on these protesting schoolchildren without warning. Hector Pieterson was the first child to die, but many others staked their lives for a right to be treated as human beings. Join me today in remembering them.