South Africa: She Brings Us Together

An activist is mourned, and the blood keeps flowing

Young black militants, some bearing the green, gold and black colors of the outlawed African National Congress, stood shoulder to shoulder with conservatively dressed white matrons inside St. John's Methodist Church in a comfort able all-white neighborhood of Port Elizabeth. Together they sang freedom songs and prayed for a more peaceful future. For black and white South Africans, it was an unusual display of racial harmony. The occasion: the funeral of Molly Blackburn, a leading white antiapartheid activist who was killed in an automobile crash Dec. 28.

Blackburn, a 55-year-old mother of seven, was an active member of the Black Sash,...

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