Race and cricket: The batsman who helped destroy apartheid (The Economist)

20111205 Economist DOliveira

The incredible story of Basil D’Oliveira, a coloured cricketer, after playing for only allowed non-white league in South Africa, later went professional for an English team, Middleton, which initially did not select him to play an international match against his native country. This produced outrage in England and lead to full sporting isolation of apartheid South Africa.

About Allan Leonard

Working for a cohesive Northern Ireland society My special interest is Northern Ireland affairs, arriving from America at the time of the 1994 ceasefires. Currently serve as Director, Northern Ireland Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation based in Belfast. Previous posts include Policy Officer at the Northern Ireland Assembly, General Secretary of the Alliance Party, and Operations Manager at the Ulster Historical Foundation. Previously, I was responsible for the development and launch of the Troubled Images project at the Northern Ireland Political Collection, Linen Hall Library; this exhibit travelled worldwide. My professional background includes marketing, communications, exhibition and event management, policy development, and senior management. Received a MA degree in Irish Political Studies from University College Dublin, and a BA degree (with Distinction) in International Relations from Boston University. Views expressed here may not represent those of current or previous employers or associations.

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