Manju Soni grew up in South Africa, where she was classified as non-white by the apartheid government. She will be giving a talk on her nonfiction book, When Lions Roared: How Brave Young People Defied Apartheid.
In this wide-ranging history and analysis, Manju melds her own personal history with the evolution of the youth movement against apartheid, from the sporadic protests of the Soweto Uprising, to the emergence of a national youth movement with over a million members.
She chronicles the life of Steve Biko, whose philosophy of Black Consciousness inspired thousands of black students to demand an equal education.
Delving deep into the archives of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, she profiles in chilling detail the individuals in the apartheid government who made assassination a key tool of state policy.
This story captures the power and desire of young black South Africans to become the agents of change. It is essential reading for readers of all ages, regardless of race.
Open to the public.
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