South African apartheid activist to speak at St. Lawrence University on April 15
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 6:02 am

CANTON -- A South African activist who spent more than 20 years in prison with the late Nelson Mandela will speak at St. Lawrence University at 7:30 p.m. April 15, in Bloomer Auditorium, Brown Hall 122.

Dennis Goldberg was born in Cape Town, South Africa and rallied against apartheid in the 1950s and 1960s was detained for four months in 1960 under the guise of a state of emergency.

Goldberg was arrested in October 1963 and charged during the historic Rivonia Trial along with Mandela and eight others. Most of the accused, including Goldberg and Mandela, were sentenced to four terms of life imprisonment on June 12, 1964.

On Feb 28, 1985, Goldberg was released from prison after 22 years, while the others were released over the next 5 years. Mandela was the last to regain his freedom on February 9, 1990.

Following his release, Goldberg became the ANC representative in London and served as spokesperson and publicist for the ANC at a UN special committee on apartheid from 1985 to1994, the period when apartheid in South Africa was coming to an end.

Goldberg completed his autobiography, The Mission: A Life for Freedom in South Africa, in 2010.

His visit is made possible by the support of St. Lawrence's Office of President William L. Fox as well as the Office of Academic Affairs, the Center for International and Intercultural Studies, the Department of Global Studies and the African Studies program.

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