ERMILA MOODLEY was born in Ladysmith, South Africa. A descendant of sugar cane plantation slave laborers, she grew up under the system of apartheid. Heavily influenced by South African civil rights leader Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness movement, she became involved in student protests and anti-apartheid political groups during high school and college. After earning a B.S. at the University of Durban-Westville in South Africa, she moved to California in 1987, and has been an elementary school teacher in the Santa Barbara area for the past fifteen years. Path to My African Eyes is her second published book.