Helen Suzman, the iconic South African leader who devoted her life to the fight against apartheid, is the focus of a graphic panel exhibition HELEN SUZMAN: Fighter for Human Rights at the Galleria of the Inter-Cultural Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, from March 21-April 20, 2009.

The opening reception  features Dr. Frances Suzman Jowell, Helen Suzman’s daughter, and Joseph Lelyveld, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and former executive editor of The New York Times who was a close ally of Suzman when he served as the newspaper’s South African political correspondent.

Suzman was a member of the South African Parliament for 36 years, from 1953-1989. She was the sole opposition voice condemning apartheid during the 13-year period (1961-1974) when she was the governing body’s only member of the Progressive Party. The exhibition explores nearly four decades of Suzman’s life and vision through photographs, personal letters, quotations from speeches and news articles.