In life, Amy Biehl, a young Fulbright scholar from Newport Beach, worked to make liberty a reality as South Africa moved toward democracy. But before the nation's first all-race elections, she was killed there, caught up in racial violence. Biehl, who was in South Africa studying women's rights and working in voter education, became a symbol for the sacrifices many paid to keep a troubled country on course. Her murder renewed the resolve of those seeking to minimize racial hatred and foster harmony and understanding as South Africa stood at a crossroads.
To keep that legacy alive, her parents have established the Amy Biehl Foundation, which is pledged to continue Biehl's grass-roots efforts to help poor and disenfranchised people, and which recently received tax-exempt status. Her father, Peter Biehl, said: "Everything she did was from the ground up. Each of us is highly committed to seeing that her work is continued."