Google honors South African author and anti-apartheid activist, Alan Paton. 

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Alan Paton is the inspiration for today’s Google doodle on the 115th anniversary of his birth.

The South African author was a fearless anti-apartheid campaigner.  His book Cry, the Beloved Country, published in 1948, is an account of racial injustice and a social protest against the structures of the society that would later give rise to apartheid.

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In an interview with the New York Times, Paton said: “I had an eye on my fellow white South Africans and white Americans when I wrote the book. It wasn’t a book written for the right or the middle or the left. I hoped to influence my fellow whites.”

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