Salter Lecture 2021: Quaker Values in South Africa’s Struggle, by Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge

Report by Joseph Jones

‘I have learned that freedom is a constant struggle and that every generation must play their part.’ | Photo: Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge

The Quaker Socialist Society’s (QSS)Salter lecture, as most Friends will know, is named after social reformers Ada and Alfred. This year’s lecturer, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, former deputy minister of state in South Africa, began by speaking of their ‘amazing lives’. The pair were not thought to have had much connection with South Africa but Sheila Taylor of QSS, introducing the lecture, told of a donation they had made to Sol Plaatje, founder member of the South African Native National Congress (which became the African National Congress (ANC)). It had been ‘an expression of our love to the people of your race’, they had said.

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