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.
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.”