Aggrey Mxolisi Mbere was Occidental College’s class of ‘69. He was an assistant Professor of Black Studies. His academic credentials are as followed: B.A., Occidental College; M.A., Cornell University; Ph.D Harvard University. Dr. Mbere, a native South African, was an active member of the Organization of South African Students as well as a member of the South African National Congress. In addition to that, South African Dr. Aggrey Mbere was also an instructor at Roxbury Community College. The image shown above is from an interview captured of Mbere speaking out for the African organization. More specifically Dr. Mbere was a big advocate for Africa’s ongoing issues: revamping aid programs, the United States Civil Rights struggle, liberation occurring with or without outside forces, how communism impacts civil rights. Moreover, Dr. Mbere also discusses the African Liberation Day and how to support the ongoing struggle in Southern Africa through rallies such as the May 26th in Washington D.C.
According to Mbere’s obituary, the academic campaigner passed away on July 13, 2003. For more than thirty five years, Mbere lived in exile up until his triumphant return to South Africa as the ambassador to Rwanda. During his time as the ambassador, Mbere worked hard to encourage South Africa-Rwanda relations through cultural and educational exchanges. In his time of exile, he earned a history degree at Occidental College and went to teach with his degree at the Roxbury Community College in Boston. His public servicing efforts went above and beyond when he helped bring South African President, Nelson Mandela to the city in 1991. This was also around the time when Mbere would be active on live television in his political panel discussions about the econimics of the apartheid. Moreover, Mbere also continued to studies at Cornell and Harvard where he was able to earn a doctorate in education policy as well as administration. He also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts and Northeastern University.
Aggrey Mbere on life under Apartheid - Digital Commonwealth