The Black Sash by Mary 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. 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?

About Mary Burton

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Mary Burton served as the president of the Black Sash from 1986 to 1990. After the democratic elections in 1994, Burton was elected to become one of the seventeen people to sit on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). In 2000, she helped launch the Home for All Campaign, a campaign that encourages white South Africans to contribute to reconciliation. She was awarded Civic Honours by the City of Cape Town in 2011 for her contribution to the liberation struggle and national reconciliation.
Published May 1, 2016 by Jacana Media. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences.