At South Africa’s Constitutional Court, a Democracy Brick by Brick
The themes of truth and reconciliation echo throughout the Court’s design, evoking the democratic values of post-apartheid South Africa.
How Walter Rubusana Paved the Way for Nelson Mandela
Rubusana was the first Black politician elected to office in colonial South Africa.
Kids’ Games in South Africa
Formal education in language and music is important for children, but as one scholar found, so is their own play involving gesture, slang, and pop songs.
The South African Experience with Changing the Police from Within
In states transitioning from authoritarianism to democracy, resistance to police abuses can make or break the larger democratic project, explains one social scientist.
Nelson Mandela’s Lasting Image
Since his death in 2013, Nelson Mandela has achieved icon status. Why is his image so ubiquitous, reproduced everywhere from tourist kitsch to high art?
J. M. Coetzee’s Newly Discovered Apartheid-Era Photographs
Much has been written about South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, but his newly found photographs offer a news lens through which to consider his writing.
The Lasting Power of Janet Jackson’s “Got ‘Til It’s Gone”
Twenty years ago, Janet Jackson released her single "Got ‘Til it’s Gone." Today, we celebrate the layered artistry that led to the video's timeless appeal.
How Photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White Showed Apartheid to Americans
Photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White dedicated her life to photography, including a trip to South Africa during the "dawn of the anti-apartheid era."
The Curious Character Who First Called For a General Strike
The idea of a general strike is to shut down all but essential services in a city, region, or nation. America has had its share. A Briton invented the idea.
Divestment: the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers’ Movement
Polaroid employees spearheaded an anti-apartheid divestment campaign against their own employer over their company's business in South Africa in the 1970s.