22 October 1936
A well-known political activist and academic, Neville Edward Alexander was born on 22 October, 1936 in Cradock, Eastern Cape. He went on to complete three university degrees in History and German at the University of Cape Town. In 1962 he founded the Yu Chi Chan Club (YCCC) along with Dulcie September. The organization proposed the adoption of guerilla warfare in the struggle against apartheid. In 1962, after the YCCC was disbanded, he founded the National Liberation Front (NLF). The aim of the NLF was to unite South Africans for the common goal of overthrowing the apartheid state. In 1963, Alexander was arrested along with other members of the NLF and was imprisoned on Robben Island for 10 years. Upon his release, he did extensive work on language policy and planning in South Africa. He is the recipient of the Lingua Pax Prize for his contribution to the promotion of multilingualism in post-apartheid South Africa. Alexander passed away on 27 August 2012 in Cape Town.

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