Books That Inspire 2004


 
Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
Mark Mathabane


I first read Kaffir Boy in 1997 for an African history class here at the University of Oklahoma. For many years I had heard the term “apartheid,” but the implications of that word and its meaning never really hit home until I read this book. Kaffir Boy chronicles the experiences of Mark Mathabane, a South African black youth, as he grew up under the segregationist and oppressive policies of apartheid in an African country where, for many years, a white minority dominated and exploited the black majority. This book should be an inspiration to all. It is a story of perseverance, faith and determination, and it is proof that insurmountable obstacles are not always impossible to overcome.
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