Lessons from ApartheidWednesday May 19, 2021
7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Lessons From Apartheid: How Americans Can Join Across Racial Differences
The Black Lives Matter protests that swept through the nation in 2020 made many Americans question their own beliefs and long held assumptions about race and privilege in America. Manju will give a brief overview of her experiences growing up in South Africa under the system of racial separation called Apartheid, and draw parallels with America's own past and present experiences with racism.
Presented by Manju Soni: Manju Soni was born and grew up under apartheid in South Africa, where she trained as an ophthalmologist. At a young age she was introduced to social justice issues in high school during the student protests called the Soweto Uprising. Then, apartheid police killed close to 200 people, most of them middle and high school students. Her debut nonfiction book, When Lions Roared: How Brave Young People Defied Apartheid, captures her experiences during these tumultuous times.
As an author Manju’s first short story was published by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. She’s the winner of the Leon B. Burnstein/MWA-NY Scholarship, and the 2020 runner up to the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. She’s currently working on her mystery/suspense which is set in a small town not too different from Mystic where she lives.
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Location: Online (Zoom)
to go to the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library