Lwando Xaso talks about the spectrum of inclusion (and exclusion) she has experienced in her life.

Keep in mind, going to my first school with white teachers, it’s the first time I ever heard my name being said by white people and it didn’t sound like my name but i wasn’t going to correct that because damn it we were going to integrate and I wasn’t going to make things difficult.

About the speaker

Lwando Xaso is a constitutional lawyer, writer, and historian. She has discovered how change happens by studying South African history, especially the history of the Constitutional Court.

Her career highlights include clerking for Justice Edwin Cameron at the Constitutional Court and being appointed as a senior researcher for former Chief Justice Ngcobo.

Lwando is the founder and owner of Including Society, a company dedicated to helping create authentically inclusive and diverse private spaces. She is also part of the team developing a museum dedicated to telling the story of the South African Constitution, which will be located at Constitution at Hill.

She is a trustee of the Constitutional Court and is currently writing her first book, “Made in South Africa — a Black Woman’s Stories of Rage, Resistance and Progress”.

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