Hector: A Boy, A Protest, and the Photograph that Changed Apartheid

By Wright, Adrienne

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9781624146916
Publisher
Page Street


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2019  |  Elementary

Gr 2–5—This is the partly fictionalized story of 12-year-old Hector Pieterson, one of the first children shot and killed by police on June 16, 1976, in Soweto–South Africa's largest black township–during a student protest march. His death triggered a months-long uprising and the start of a new era in the struggle against apartheid. The story stems from a photograph taken by journalist Sam Nzima, which shows Hector being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubu with Hector's half-sister Antoinette Sithole running alongside them. The story is told from three viewpoints: He...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on June 1, 2019

Straightforward text and comics-style sequential art combine in a (fictionalized) account of the Black student-led protest in Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, in opposition to the apartheid government's new law requiring schools to teach half of their lessons in Afrikaans. Three separate yet intertwined chapters follow three individuals through the protest: student Hector Zolile Pieterson; his older sister Antoinette Sithole; and newspaper photographer Sam Nzima. Hector is an "ordinary twelve-year-old boy" who does chores, loves Bruce Lee, and plays socc...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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