Google unveils online exhibition on activist Steve Biko’s youth

2012-10-11 00:00

SEARCH engine Google yesterday unveiled its online exhibition on the early years of political activist Steve Biko.

The exhibition of archive material which coincides with the 35th anniversary of Biko’s death this year, follows on an archive exhibition on former president Nelson Mandela, which was unveiled earlier this year.

Another historical South African exhibition deals with a series of apartheid events, which include the Women’s March against the pass laws of 1956 and the Soweto Uprising of 1976.

The exhibition is in the form of a timeline on a web page. The timeline can be navigated in a variety of different ways, for instance by clicking on the arrows at opposite sides of the screen or by rolling the mouse up and down the timeline.

The various elements include photographs, school reports, extracts from letters and explanations.

Readers can click on the elements in order to read more or see the photographs better.

Some of the exhibitions include videos which can be watched within the timeline.

Altogether 42 international online exhibitions were announced. According to a press release from Google, other exhibitions include “Jan Karski, Humanity’s hero”, which deals with the man who convinced the Allies of the existence of the Holocaust;“D-Day”, which includes colour photographs of the D-day landings in 1944; and an account of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

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