A BOY, A PROTEST, AND THE PHOTOGRAPH THAT CHANGED APARTHEID
A Junior Library Guild Selection!
On June 16, 1976, 12 year old Hector Pieterson lost his life during a peaceful school protest in Soweto. Black South African students were marching against a new law requiring that they be taught half of their subjects in Afrikaans, the language of the White government. The story’s events unfold from the perspectives of Hector, his sister, and the photographer who captured their photo in the chaos. This story gives voice to an ordinary boy and sheds light on events that helped lead to the end of apartheid.