South African Journal of African Languages

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Celebrating the intellectual legacy of A.C. Jordan

Phil Ndlela


The paucity or dearth of scholarship around A.C. Jordan’s contributions as teacher, visionary, scholar and political activist in South Africa is as disconcerting as it is disillusioning. This paper seeks to take A.C. Jordan’s rich and eclectic oeuvre from the peripheral position which it seems to occupy in contemporary academic discourse in his motherland, to the centre. It unearths his lesser known poems as well as some of his other literary gems such as his public address in his capacity as President of the Cape African Teachers’ Association (CATA). This contribution aims to accord Jordan his rightful place as one of the key figures in the advancement of the Black literary tradition within the borders of South Africa and beyond.

South African Journal of African Languages 2014, 34(2): 207–212
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