The Rev. John Langalibalele Dube dies

Rev. John Langalibalele Dube Source:

Monday, 11 February 1946

The Rev. John Langalibalele Dube (Mafukuzela), politician and founder and first editor of the Zulu newspaper Ilanga lase Natal (now Ilanga), dies in Umhlanga, Natal.  He was the first Black person to receive an honorary D.Phil. from a South African University. Dube, who is of royal descent, was also founder and first president of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC), later changed to African National Congress (ANC).

Throughout his political career, Dube strived to promote peace between blacks and whites. He would often associate and even endorse the ideas of white liberals. He believed that Christianity should grow and that black people should abandon their religious belief system, which he saw as backwards. This meant that at times, it would seem that he pursued peace at the expense of the wellbeing of the very people that he professed to be fighting for.

• South African History online ," John Langalibalele Dube,"From:South African History online,[Online],Available[Accessed on 31 January 2013]
•  Ulwazi,"John Langalibalele Dube", From :Ulwazi,[online] Available[Accessed on 31 January 2013]

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