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Black Sash : Women for Justice and Peace (Paperback) (Mary Ingouville Burton)

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This is the story of a remarkable organization of white South African women who carved out a unique role for themselves in opposing the injustices of apartheid and working towards a free and democratic country. It is written by Mary Burton, herself national president of the Black Sash for many years and, later, one of the Truth and Reconciliation commissioners. Her book answers many of the questions that members often ask: What brought the Black Sash into being? What kept it alive for so many decades? How did an organization of mainly white, middle-class, privileged women create and sustain a viable body that eventually made its contribution to the collapse of apartheid? What was it like to be involved in it? And what can we learn from its history that will teach us to be activists again? This is a story of hard work and dedication, of small victories won little by little against the odds, of personal courage in the face of injustice and repression, of vision, compassion and caring. It is a uniquely South African story. As Mary Burton says, “Joining the Black Sash influenced the course of my life. Its leaders were an inspiring example and its members became friends and colleagues. It prompted me to join other organizations committed to the same ideals, and to study more about South Africa and its history. It was owing to the Black Sash that many of us were offered opportunities to serve the new society created after 1990, working for the elections, contributing to the new Constitution, taking part in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, or participating in the new government structures.”
Number of Pages: 25624.0
Genre: History, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Women, History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Mary Ingouville Burton
Language: English
Street Date: May 1, 2016
TCIN: 51213878
UPC: 9781431422289
Item Number (DPCI): 248-17-8287

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