July 16

Regarding the July 15 Metro obituary “Nobel laureate wrote about apartheid’s toll”:

In the mid-1980s, during my first tour with the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia, I met many remarkable people. Among them was author Nadine Gordimer, whom I met at the home of then-ambassador Nicholas Platt and his wife, Sheila.

At the time, Zambia was still being attacked sporadically by the apartheid South African government. However, on the serene patio of the ambassador’s residence, time stood still. For me to shake hands with such a powerful woman of words and action, fighting for human rights in her own courageous way, was an experience I will never forget.

She has left us with a history, a legacy of life as it truly was under the oppressive South African regime. Her voice will never be silenced, and she remains a role model in today’s challenges to human rights.

June Carter Perry, Washington