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CCS Webinar: Boy on the Run 

Speaker: Welcome Mandla Lishivha
Facilitators: Andries Motau and Danford Chibvongodze
Date: 14 July 2022
Time: 16:00-17:00 (SA Time) 
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Living in Soshanguve as a young boy with an adored family and adoring mum, Welcome’s life almost stops when his mum is murdered by her new boyfriend. The upturned chair, his mum’s lifeless face, the blood on the floor, the glasses with the gold detail that Welcome had taken from a precious cupboard, the boyfriend’s body; it was a tableau that was impossible to unsee. But this is only the beginning of a journey which takes Lishivha through school and university, with the help of his remaining family, and allows him to explore South Africa. Through student politics, journalism studies, Fees Must Fall and then as a freelance journalist, Lishivha documents the living country as he documents his sexuality, his body, his choices. Welcome Mandla Lishivha’s exquisitely crafted memoir is unlike anything you have ever read. Boy on the Run is a staggering exploration of identity through grief, love and friendship, giving us, Lishivha’s readers, a glorious song of self-expression. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, as they say. This book will change your life. 
‘It is the godly feeling of dancing like a goddess and snapping on a beat with sheer joy that makes all the trouble life demands worthwhile. In these moments, of intensive freedom from pain, of joy that knows no bound and peace that passeth all understanding, I become that kid again, dancing with my mother.’ 

Speaker Bio 
Welcome Mandla Lishivha is a freelance journalist and PhD candidate in Jurisprudence at the University of Pretoria. He has a Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies & Anthropology. Welcome worked as a travel writer for Getaway magazine for three years and has written for the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Daily Maverick, Mail & Guardian, Reuters, GQ and City Press, where he served as the Arts and Lifestyle Co-Editor. His piece ‘Site Visits’ was published in the second volume of the Gerald Kraak Anthology, As You Like It: African Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality and Justice. 

This webinar is part of the July – August 2022 Centre for Civil Society - Special Webinar Series 
"Reflections on LGBTQIA+ Rights and Movements"
Our Seminar Series remains online for 2022 - please join us for webinar discussions on the theme of LGBTQIA+ Rights and Movements 
The year 2022 marks the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall riots famously known as the Stonewall uprising which happened on June 28, 1969, where the gay community members took to the streets to protest against a police raid and violation of gay rights in the United States. This symbolized a turning point in history for the LGBTQIA+ community’s fight for equal rights. Although 53 years has passed, the LGBTQIA+ community is still stigmatized and, in many countries, regarded as a criminal act. In June 2022 we saw many across the globe rallying support for the LGBTQIA+ community in celebrating pride month and raising the much-needed awareness on LGBTQIA+ rights.  Join us as we engage activists and scholars on their experiences in being members of the LGBTQIA+ community and movement. 

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