Black America in White South Africa : church and state reaction to the A.M.E. Church in Cape Colony and Transvaal, 1896-1910
Page, Carol A.
The 1976 wave of riots in the South African townships, the Black Consciousness Movement with its attendant slogan of Amanbla Ngawethu (the power is ours) and the raised, clenched fist were reminiscent of scenes in the urban areas of the U.S. in the late 60's. The parallels between the American and South African situations were not lost to the South African Government, and so the cry of "external influence" was raised. Clearly one important eompcnent of this external influence was Black Americans. The contact between Black Americans and South Africans has been a long and continuous one, and the commonalities between the two are several: Both are urban and proletarian; both are subjected to the particularly virulent form, of racism in an advanced capitalist society; and both by virtue of their exploitation and oppression were forced to create their own social institutions. One such institution was their independent churches.