SAHA - South African History Archive - The Future is Ours
The Black Consciousness Movement BCM was a grassroots anti- Apartheid activist movement that emerged in South Africa in the mids out of the political vacuum created by the jailing and banning of the African National Congress and Pan Africanist Congress leadership after the Sharpeville Massacre in This was to become the vehicle for Black Consciousness. The BCM attacked what they saw as traditional white values, especially the "condescending" values of white people of liberal opinion. They refused to engage white liberal opinion on the pros and cons of black consciousness, and emphasised the rejection of white monopoly on truth as a central tenet of their movement. While this philosophy at first generated disagreement amongst black anti-Apartheid activists within South Africa, it was soon adopted by most as a positive development. As a result, there emerged a greater cohesiveness and solidarity amongst black groups in general, which in turn brought black consciousness to the forefront of the anti-Apartheid struggle within South Africa.
The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act no. It also made it a criminal offense for a marriage officer to perform an interracial marriage ceremony. The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act did not, however, prevent other so-called mixed marriages between non-White people. Mixed marriages were rare in South Africa before , averaging fewer than per year between and , but the National Party explicitly legislated to keep non-Whites from "infiltrating" the dominant White group by intermarriage. It was not until that the first U.
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