Helen Suzman, Fighter for Human Rights
Exhibition at Addlestone Library
February 1- March 31, 2012
Helen Suzman, the iconic South African leader who devoted her life to the fight against Apartheid, is the focus of a graph panel exhibition. Suzman was a member of the South African Parliament for 36 years, until 1989. From 1961 until 1974 she was she the sole opponent of Apartheid within parliament. Throughout her career she was a fearless and outspoken advocate for oppressed South Africans.
The exhibition explores nearly four decades of her life and vision through photographs, letters, quotations from speeches and news articles. The exhibition describes the vitriol, animosity, and bigotry that Suzman encountered during her lonely stand in parliament against Apartheid, as well as her enduring friendship with Nelson Mandela which began in 1967 when she met him at the infamous Robben Island Prison where he was a political prisoner.
This exhibition is cosponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project, directed by the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Support for the Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project is generously provided by Legacy Heritage Fund Limited.