The biography, SHEENA DUNCAN, described by Mary Burton as ‘A rich and honest portrayal which demonstrates the power of dedicated resistance to injustice’, was first launched in Cape Town on the Black Sash’s 60th birthday celebrations on 19 May 2015.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was one of the many distinguished guests at 6 Spin Street and author Annemarie Hendrikz read his Introduction to SHEENA DUNCAN as part of the proceedings, following a moving tribute to Sheena from human rights activist colleague and friend, Aninka Claassens.
Sheena’s daughters Lindsay and Carey had travelled from Switzerland and Morocco respectively, to be present at this event and at the celebrations in Johannesburg.
These were co-hosted by SAHA in the Atrium of the Women’s Jail on Constitution Hill on 23 May, with guests welcomed by Bongi Mkhabela, current Chairperson of the Black Sash Trust. The morning was icy but the colloquium speakers kept hearts warmed with memories and celebrations of the past and present.
In Johannesburg there was also a book-breakfast at Sheena’s old school Roedean, and an evening bookshop launch at Love Books – the latter a candlelight event, courtesy Eskom load-shedding.
- More details about the book, photos from the events and various media comments can be seen on the Facebook page.