Sandra Laing
South African woman noted for racial issues
Sandra Laing
Sandra Laing is a woman who was born to white parents but reclassified as Coloured during the apartheid era in South Africa as she has dark skin. She is the subject of the 2008 biographical film Skin and is the feature of the documentaries Sandra Laing: A Spiritual Journey (2000) and Skin Deep: The Story of Sandra Laing (2009).
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Library Gets Outreach Expertise
North Canton - almost 5 years
A few parties will benefit from Christina Weyrick-Cooper's change of employment. She will soon begin a full-time marketing position at the North Canton Public Library. The staff there gets the outreach expertise of the woman behind events like North Canton Gone Mad. Even her former employer, the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce, finds a silver lining in Weyrick-Cooper's departure. "With the library being a chamber member, she'll continue helping us as a volunteer," Chamber President Doug Lane said. "We're not losing her totally. We'll be able to call upon her (for support)." Wednesday was Weyrick-Cooper's last day as the chamber's outreach manager. Lane said she helped boost attendance at meetings in the past year and increased the group's social media efforts "five notches." Weyrick-Cooper is excited to create new events and market programs for one of her family's favorite hangouts — the library. "We're big fans of the library," she said. "My 5-year-old son uses it freque ...
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Review zu: In schwarzer Haut - DVD Palace
Google News - almost 6 years
Die wahre, tief berührende Lebensgeschichte der Sandra Laing entlarvt die ganze Absurdität der Rassentrennung, wie sie bis 1994 in Südafrika herrschte. Sandra ist die Tochter unzweifelhaft weißer Eltern, aber trotzdem ist ihre Haut kaffeebraun,
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Lucayan Lightning Says Thank You to GB Friends of CARIFTA - thebahamasweekly.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Mr. James Vega, Reverend Lindy Russell, Oswald "The Insider" Simmons, Ms. Sandra Laing and Mr. Wayne Smith orchestrated a great week for the athletes. We thank you for your time, enthusiasm and years of dedication to children
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THE LISTINGS
NYTimes - over 7 years
MOVIES Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'AMELIA' (PG, 1:51) Amelia Earhart takes another dreadful nose dive in a stilted, dull biopic from Mira Nair that turns the pioneering adventurer (Hilary Swank)
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'SKIN'; White to Colored and Back Again in Apartheid's Maze
NYTimes - over 7 years
''Skin'' is a fictionalized retelling of the true and terrible story of Sandra Laing, a South African woman whose race was classified and reclassified by the government, then in the mad grip of apartheid. Born in 1955 to officially white parents, Ms. Laing -- played by an uncharacteristically unsteady Sophie Okonedo -- was judged white. But when
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Tsakane Journal; Apartheid Still Burdens A Girl Who Didn't Fit
NYTimes - over 16 years
For years, the country girl wished she could wiggle out of her skin and shed her color like the molting snakes that rustled through the green fields. It was the 1960's, and she was the daughter of white Afrikaners who proudly supported the government's brutal system of apartheid and racial segregation. But for Sandra Laing, it was hard to swallow
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Kwathema Journal; As Apartheid Crumbles, Victim Finds Little Solace
NYTimes - over 25 years
Sandra Laing is a 36-year-old woman with soft brown skin and curly black hair. Those features, she says, have been an enduring source of pain and degradation. "My mother and father were white," she said, "And I am white." But for most of her life, various South African authorities have vigorously disagreed, and on the basis of her appearance have
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sandra Laing
    FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 53
    She is the subject of the 2008 biographical film Skin and is the feature of the documentaries Sandra Laing: A Spiritual Journey (2000) and Skin Deep: The Story of Sandra Laing (2009).
    More Details Hide Details Sandra was born in Piet Retief, a small conservative town in apartheid South Africa. Both Sandra's parents and all her grandparents were white. Her older brother was also white but Sandra and her younger brother had African features. Sandra's parents were both members of the National Party and supporters of the Apartheid system. During apartheid, schools were segregated; however, since both her parents were white, she was sent to an all-white school. Her parents hoped that as she got older she would get lighter; however, instead she grew darker and her hair became more tightly coiled. At boarding school she was shunned by the other students because of her skin color. When Sandra was 10 years old, the school authorities expelled her from her all-white school based on the complexion of her skin and a failed pencil test. She was escorted home by two police officers who refused to tell her what she had done wrong. Her parents fought several legal battles to have her declared white. Her father underwent a blood typing test for paternity in the 1960s, as DNA tests were not yet available. The results were compatible with him being her biological father.
  • FORTIES
  • 2001
    Age 46
    Sandra managed to track down her mother, Sannie, in a nursing home shortly before the woman died in 2001, but a succession of strokes had stolen Sannie's memory.
    More Details Hide Details A book called When She Was White by Judith Stone reports that Sannie did remember Sandra and was happy to see her. Sandra's brothers, both of whom are still alive, had no contact with Sandra at the time the book was written.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Age 0
    Born in 1955.
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