Positively Beautiful: Life and love in the age of HIVMarch 2015
On International Womens Day, South Africa Partners joined with program partners to screen Positively Beautiful: Life and love in the age of HIV, a documentary film about living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa today. Following the screening there was a panel discussion featuring Douglas Brooks – Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, Diveena Cooppan – producer and director of the film, Mary Tiseo – Executive Director of South Africa Partners and Mickey Aramati – Assistant Professor of Global Health at Tufts Public Health.
This program was co-hosted by the United Nations Association of Greater Boston, Tufts Public Health, American Association of University Women, Boston Network for International Development, Center for Women’s Health & Human Rights and South Africa Partners.
Mandela: My Prisoner, My FriendDecember, 2014
Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend chronicles the friendship of Nelson Mandela and Christo Brand, one of Mandela’s prison guards at Robben Island and Pollsmoor Prison. At this book reading, Brand reminisced about his friendship with Mandela and the history he witnessed first-hand. This event was co-hosted by the Cambridge Public Library and South Africa Partners.
“This is really a tale of two men and their shared humanity in an inhuman place. A worthy addition to the canon of Mandela literature that details a relationship that many knew about but few truly understood.” – Kirkus Reviews
A Conversation with Justice Albie Sachs
Partnering with the civics organization, Discovering Justice, South Africa Partners hosted the internationally-renown judge and educator, Justice Albie Sachs, for a special program at the Moakley U.S. District Courthouse in Boston.
With Chief Judge Patti Saris, Justice Sachs spoke to 180 middle and high school students about the connected histories of Jim Crow laws in the U.S. and apartheid in South Africa. Justice Sachs later joined Frank Michelman, Professor Emeritus Harvard Law School, Margaret Burnham, Professor Northeastern University School of Law and Judge Mark Wolf for a panel discussion about Constitutional law and social transformation.
Throughout the discussions, Justice Sachs inspired participants with his personal accounts of activism, citizenship and forgiveness.
“We were inspired and moved by Justice Sachs. He talked to us about systems of oppression in the United States and South Africa, important topics that most students were learning about for the first time. ” –Participating sixth grade teacher
Amandla Award and Screening of Sing Your SongMay, 2012
South Africa Partners honored five prominent Boston activists for their leadership of a major local anti-apartheid campaign and their continuing work for justice and equity in the United States. The Amandla Award honorees were: Reebee Garofalo & The Amandla Collective; Caroline Hunter; Willard Johnson; Mel King; and, Byron Rushing.
In tandem with the Amandla Awards, South Africa Partners hosted the exclusive Boston-screening of Sing Your Song, Harry Belafonte’s biographical film documenting his lifelong contributions to social justice as an artist and activist.
Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights
Helen Suzman, the iconic South African Member of Parliament who devoted her life to the fight against apartheid, was honored by South Africa Partners. “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” is a traveling exhibit that documents Mrs. Suzman’s unwavering determination in the face of intimidation and anti-Semitism. United States District Court Chief Judge Mark Wolf hosted the event at the Moakley Courthouse and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, a native of South Africa, shared her personal remembrances.