John Dube is a revered and important figure in the history of South Africa. He was a leading member of the educated African elite in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a clergyman and teacher, the founder of Ohlange Institute near Durban (where Nelson Mandela cast his vote in the first democratic elections of 1994) and the first president of the ANC.
In this splendid biography, Heather Hughes traces the story of his life, uncovers much about the man and his world that has been either hidden or forgotten, and restores him to his rightful place. As the centenary of the ANC’s existence approaches, interest in the First President is sure to grow.
About the Author
Heather Hughes was born and grew up in Johannesburg and was educated at the universities of the Witwatersrand and London. She was based for many years at the University of Natal (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal), teaching African politics and history. She was also active in the detainees’ support movement and Black Sash in South Africa and helped to found a section of Amnesty International there in 1991. She was a researcher on the KwaZulu-Natal region for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the mid-1990s.
Since 2001 she has been based at the University of Lincoln, where she holds the post of Principal Teacher Fellow. She has published in the areas of human rights, southern African history and heritage and has participated in a number of projects to refurbish and publicise South Africa’s neglected heritage, the most notable of which is the Inanda Heritage Trail in Durban. She holds a number of awards for her human rights and educational work.
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|Sub-title:||A life of John L. Dube, founding president of the ANC|
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