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The Private Nelson Mandela: Local Experts To Discuss South Africa's Struggle

What was it like to work on behalf of Nelson Mandela’s struggle? Three men who aligned themselves with the late South African freedom fighter will offer recollections at a free program open to the public.

Stephen Davis of Madison, CT will be one of three local experts talking about Nelson Mandela and his struggle. Photo credit: Courtesy of Stephen Davis
Stephen Davis of Madison, CT will be one of three local experts talking about Nelson Mandela and his struggle. Photo credit: Courtesy of Stephen Davis
From Stephen Davis:       

What was it like to work on behalf of Nelson Mandela’s struggle? Three men who aligned themselves with the late South African freedom fighter and eventual President of his united country will offer recollections at a free program open to the public on Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester. 

Stephen Davis, of Madison, researched and wrote Apartheid’s Rebels: Inside South Africa’s Hidden War and was banned from South Africa for many years. Davis is also vice president of the synagogue’s board of directors.

Jess Maghan, of Chester, a long-time expert on prisons and conditions of confinement in the U.S., consulted with the South African government during and after the end of apartheid. 

Geoffrey Norman, an attorney in Boston, was raised and involved in student politics in South Africa before moving to the U.S. where he continued actions as a student and adult opposing apartheid, including representing the African National Congress. 

The moderator will be Andy Schatz, the congregation’s social action chair and president of the Connecticut chapter of the ACLU.

The program follows a community pot luck dinner and Shabbat service beginning at 5:45 pm, to which the public is also invited. (Dairy, vegetable, or fish only).

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.  For more information, contact the synagogue office at 860-526-8920.


Stephen Davis is Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Harvard Law School Programs on Corporate Governance and Institutional Investors

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