Apartheid Foe to Speak in Ojai

In 1977, South African journalist Donald Woods was banned from practicing his profession. The South African government wanted to quell his published opposition to apartheid and his claims that police brutality killed black activist Steve Biko, not a supposed “hunger strike.”

Woods, whose friendship with Biko became the subject of the 1987 film “Cry Freedom,” recently visited South Africa after a 12-year exile.

International Outlook, a series of programs on world affairs, will play host to Woods on Sunday at the Ojai Valley Inn & Country Club. Woods will discuss his impressions of a nation in the throes of dismantling a longstanding system of official racial discrimination.

“This is a wonderful chance for people to gain insight into what’s going on inside South Africa at this time,” said Merrill Gross, founder of International Outlook.


The evening’s program: 6:30 p.m., reception and no-host bar; 7:15 p.m., dinner; 8:30 p.m., Woods’ presentation, “Cry Freedom: South Africa Revisited.”

The cost is $25 per person. For reservations, call 646-8884.