Learn more about the book, When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina in a 60-minute webinar.
This fictionalized account of a student uprising that began in Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, unfolds through the first-person narratives of four young adults form different backgrounds whose lives intersect. An African student, Zanele, secretly organizes the protest against the Afrikaans Medium Decree Act, which required the use of English and Afrikaans ("the language of the oppressors") in schools. Her apolitical friend, Thabo, heads a local gang, extorting money from an Indian store owner, whose daughter, Meena, is sympathetic to the students. Meanwhile, Jack, a white Afrikaner, meets, befriends, and comes to love Zanele.
February's webinar is presented by the Children's Africana Book Awards.