African Queen: the Real Life of the Hottentot Venus
- Rachel Holmes Writer, Broadcaster, Columnist, and Reviewer
The first speaker for the Spring 2007 Human Rights Happy Hour, author Rachel Holmes presented a reading and discussion of her most recent book, African Queen: the Real Life of the Hottentot Venus (2007). African Queen is a probing look at historical racism and sexual exploitation presented through the life of an extraordinary woman, Saartjie Baartmen, the so-called Hottentot Venus, exhibited in 1810 in London and Paris. Holmes is a writer, broadcaster, columnist and reviewer, as well as an activist on behalf of HIV-positive people in South Africa.