GROTON — Justice Albie Sachs, anti-apartheid activist and lifelong freedom fighter, will speak at Groton School, 282 Farmers Row, on Monday, April 21, at 7:15 p.m., in the Campbell Performing Arts Center. His topic: “Working with Nelson Mandela… from Lawbreaker to Lawmaker.”
Mandela appointed Sachs to South Africa’s Constitutional Court in 1994. Sachs is admired for his role as a primary author of the country’s post-apartheid Constitution. While on the court, Sachs voted on several landmark rulings and wrote the opinion supporting same-sex marriage.
Sachs has dedicated his life to fighting injustice. As a young lawyer, he defended blacks arrested under apartheid’s racist laws, frequently representing inmates on death row. He became a target of the government, spent 168 days in solitary confinement, and went into exile in 1966. In 1988, while in Mozambique, South African “security” planted a bomb in Sachs’ car; he was gravely injured, losing an arm and vision in one eye.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP at http://www.groton.org/albiesachs.