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Happy Black August Winnie Mandela!

Today for Black August we are remembering Winnie Mandela, an African revolutionary born in the era of South African apartheid.

Born in Azania (South Africa) on Septermber 26th, 1936, Winnie pursued an education and became a medical social worker; the first African medical social worker in Johannesburg. 

Winnie married sellout nelson mandela in 1958 but their time together would not last long as nelson was sentenced to life in prison in 1964 leaving Winnie to take care of their two daughters. 

Despite this, Winnie continued the struggle against colonialism and for the Colonized masses, working low-key with the African National Congress.

She was jailed by the sellout government at the time and spent more than a year in solitary confinement where she had to endure torture. 

Shortly after, she was placed under house arrest but continued to speak out against the sellout government. 

Winnie under house arrest
Photo by University of the Western Cape, Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archives

Throughout it all Winnie continued her work for the masses of poor working class Africans. 

When sellout nelson was released and elected as president of South Africa in 1994, he removed Winnie from her role as Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology.

This was because of Winnie’s true dedication to the poor working class masses or what the now sellout ANC government called “radical rhetoric.”

Winnie Mandela speaking in New York
Photo by AP/Ron Frehm

The couple divorced in 1996.

Even with controversy around her body guards and their “brutality” against those that supported the apartheid regime, she was re-elected to Parliament in 1999 due to the mass support of the poor working class Africans but resigned in 2003 for “fraud.” This conviction was later overturned.  

African woman mourning the death of Winnie Mandela

Winnie later would criticize her ex-husband for accepting the Noben Peace Prize, calling out his sellout ass.

She died on April 2, 2018, in Johannesburg from a kidney infection a true revolutionary that dedicated her life to seeing her people free from the chains of colonialism.

We salute the absolute dedication Winnie showed and her refusal to sell out her people. 

Black Hammer continues this legacy of unshakeable will in the fight for a world where no one lives at the expense of another.

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