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Call Me Woman

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The autobiography of a 72-year-old black South African Woman who has seen and been a part of her country's political history for the last fifty years. Winner of South Africa's CNS Literary Award (1987). "Among that small group of books that have entered into my consciousness and changed my frame of reference."--San Francisco Chronicle
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Aunt Lute Books (first published January 1st 1985)
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Apr 28, 2011 Emma rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it, history
This remarkable autobiography refuses to focus only on the author. It draws on the unrecorded history of a whole people. In telling her own personal and political story over 70 years, Ellen Kuzwayo speaks for, and with, the women among whom she lives and works. Their courage and dignity remain a source of wonder. The book is recorded history from an angle that most historians ignore. And therefor important.

Jayne Bauling
This was written while apartheid was still in force - it was published in 1985. The words pulse with raw pain, anger and frustration.

I wish all those who bleat about 'putting the past behind us' and how it's 'time to move on' - always the beneficiaries of apartheid - would read this and learn that it is impossible to pack the past away so easily.

It should also be required reading for those who claim that no land was ever stolen.
Wendy Coen
Oct 03, 2009 Wendy Coen rated it really liked it
Ellen Kuzwayo's book was revelatory. I certainly did not have access to this socio-political information during my youth. Was shocked to discover just how ignorant the citizens of this country were kept in order to maintain a status of apartheid. Ellen's book has opened a door for a wealth of research and reading for me.
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Oh atleast one book acknowledges the unsung heroes of the struggle, women. This is one book that South African girls and women should all read to draw inspiration and realize how great they truly are.

As for boys and men, it is inevitable that you are a changed man after reading this book.
Dec 11, 2011 Che rated it it was amazing
Amazing story has a natural flow to its plot. Reading it creates mental pictures of the events as well as the characters. Well narrated as only an african woman can. Love you Ellen.
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Nnoseng Ellen Kate Kuzwayo (29 June 1914 – 19 April 2006) was a women's rights activist and politician in South Africa. She was president of the African National Congress Youth League in the 1960s. In 1994 she was elected to the first post-apartheid South African Parliament. Her autobiography, Call Me Woman (1985), won the CNA Prize.

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