When it comes to the civil rights struggle in South Africa, Nelson Mandela is most well known. But, Mahatma Gandhi also spent time in the country, working as a lawyer representing Indian merchants and laborers. Many of his political views about race and class were shaped by his experiences in South Africa.
This statue of Nelson Mandela, created from a photograph of him boxing, stands between the Magistrate's Court Building (behind statue) and Chancellor House, where Mandela's law firm with Oliver Tambo was housed.
Some of the makeshift houses in the slums of Soweto. Despite the major economic and educational gains the country has made in the post-Apartheid years, large numbers of South Africans still live in extreme poverty.
Mandela House, at 81 Vilakazi Street, in Orlando West, Soweto. The house, behind this wall and entrance area, is identical to many others in the neighborhood. Mandela donated it in 1997 as a museum, which it continues to house.
The cooling towers of the former Orlando Power Station, a power plant in Soweto. These painted towers are a major landmark in the area. After the power plant was closed, the area has been redeveloped in recent years to a successful multi-purpose entertainment and shopping district.
Hector Pieterson was a 13 year old boy that was shot and killed by police during student protests against the teaching in Afrikaans, held on June 16, 1976. The image of a friend carrying his body, running for help with Pieterson's sister, became an icon of the anti-Apartheid movement, and June 16 is still considered a day to memorialize those killed in the struggle to establish freedom in South Africa. Today this memorial and a museum stand near the site where he was killed.