Charlene Smith, a South African born, United States citizen worked as a political journalist in South Africa, and for a time resigned her work as a journalist to become active against apartheid. As such she had and continues to have unique access to South Africa’s liberation leaders and a close and respectful friendship with such icons as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Her 1999 bestselling book Mandela has been updated and will be re-released in December 2011 and her new book, Mandela and America will be released in the U.S.A. in February 2012. She gives you a unique insight into a great man, the remarkable people in the U.S.A. and South Africa who helped bring freedom and what we can learn from them.
A recognized international expert on HIV and AIDS as well as gender violence she has been invited to address global conferences around the world and influenced the Centers for Disease Control decision to write a protocol for post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual assault.
She is presently researching a book on prescription drug overmedication.