Broadcast: Events

The Draper Lecture 2020

Wednesday 4 March 18:00 until 20:00
Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts
Speaker: Albie Sachs
Part of the series: Championing human rights and social justice globally

Albie came to Sussex when he first fled to exile from South Africa having been jailed, placed under solitary confinement and tortured for his involvement in the freedom movement. He gained his PhD at Sussex in 1972, his supervisor was Colonel Draper.

Albie was active in the anti-apartheid movement and the ANC, and as a result, was targeted by a car bomb in Maputo, Mozambique in 1988, where he lost an arm and the sight in one eye. Returning to South Africa in 1990, Albie became a member of the National Executive of the ANC and a member of the Constitutional Committee. He took part in the negotiations that made South Africa a constitutional democracy and was appointed by Nelson Mandela to serve in the Constitutional Court.

He went on to make landmark judgements including one that made South Africa the fifth nation to recognize same-sex marriage.

He has continued to be a champion for human rights and social justice globally, and we’re delighted that he will be back at Sussex to inspire students, faculty and our local community.

This is a ticketed event although places are now limited. Please email to enquire about tickets.

Posted on behalf of: DARO
Last updated: Wednesday, 29 January 2020