Lihle Ngcobozi, herself the progeny of three generations of Manyano women, takes an original, fresh look at the meaning of the Manyano. Between male-dominated struggle narratives and Western feminist misreading, this church-based women’s organisation has become a mere footnote to history.
Long overlooked as the juggernaut of black women’s organising that it is, has been and continues to be, the Manyano has immense historical and cultural meaning in black communities across the country. To this day, it is still evolving to meet the changing needs of Black South Africans.
Here, the Manyano women speak for themselves, in an African feminist meditation rendered by one of their own.