.Helen Suzman: "For an astonishing 36 years Suzman was a flickering flame of white conscience in apartheid South Africa. For 13 of those years she carried that light alone, a one-woman party in a parliamentary sanctum of hostile men. The anti-apartheid activist Helen Joseph wrote that "even house arrest" must have been less lonely. Suzman's resistance must be among the most courageous parliamentary careers ever." Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
Google Doodle celebrating the birthday of Miriam Makeba (1932-2008). The first African artist to win a Grammy Award, Miriam was a vocal critic of South African apartheid. Banned from her home country because of her activism, Miriam lived in exile for 31 years, only returning after Nelson Mandela was released from prison.