Today is a good day to visit Coventry Village.

Alan Wieder, author of Ruth First and Joe Slovo In The War Against Apartheid


Thursday | 7:00 PM–8:00 PM


Alan Wieder has written an illuminating and insightful account of South African activists Ruth First and Joe Slovo and their role in ending apartheid. They were members of the African National Congress and the Communist Party. Ruth was a journalist and editor of South African radical newspapers---her writing was eventually banned and she was imprisoned for her activism. Her husband Joe Slovo was a tactician who was aligned with the military wing of the ANC. He was also a member of the South African Congress of Democrats. He went into exile in 1963 but returned in 1990 and eventually served in the government of Nelson Mandela.
Alan Wieder is an oral historian who lives in Portland, Oregon. He is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina and has also taught at the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In the last ten years he has published two books and numerous articles on South Africans who fought against the apartheid regime. "Focusing on the lives of the colorful and contradictory revolutionaries Ruth First and Joe Slovo, Wieder provides detail and context, personality and character to one of the epic struggles of all time. This book is a gripping social history, a love song to the revolution, and a passionate and enlightening portrait of a partnership, a love-affair, and two extraordinary activists who cast their fates with the dreams of people everywhere for justice and freedom." Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn


1820 Coventry Road | Cleveland Heights