8 Dec 2016: Heralded heroine: Why is Charlotte Maxeke’s life such a blurry memory for SA?
Beauty of the Heart: The Life and Times of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke by Zubeida Jaffer (Sun Media) is the story of a remarkable woman who has long been written out of history and pushed aside in official school and university curricula.
She was South Africa’s first black female graduate, obtaining a BSc degree at Wilberforce University in Ohio in 1901. It was a time when only a handful of white women were accepted for study in the country. No higher education facility would have granted her permission to study in the country of her birth.
Beauty of the Heart pulls together and fleshes out the different strands of her life.