Friday, February 28, 2014
Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada: A South African Activist for Non-Racialism and Democracy
(Exhibits (Museum, Gardens, ...))
Nelson Mandela's prison mate, confidante, parliamentary counselor and friend Ahmed Kathrada is the subject of this exhibition. The story of the renowned advocate for freedom, as well as the anti-apartheid movement itself is told through the life and work of South Africa's beloved "Kathy." Kathy's exemplary leadership continues to inspire South Africans and others around the world to work for freedom, non-racialism, and democracy. more information...
Ahmed Mohammed Kathrada (or "Kathy," as he is popularly known) was born in 1929 to Indian immigrants in a rural town in South Africa. Kathy was only 12 when he began a life of tireless activism for non-racialism and democracy.
He was arrested several times and, along with eight friends and fellow activists including Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu, he was sentenced at the famous Rivonia Treason Trial to life imprisonment. He spent 26 years in prison, eighteen of which were on Robben Island.
In 1989 Kathy was released from prison and, in 1994, in the new democratic South African government, he was elected to the South African Parliament and served as President Mandela's Parliamentary Counselor.
This exhibition is produced in partnership with Project 60/50 at Michigan State University, a year-long community conversation about civil rights and human rights. Read more: http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/Project6050/index.html