Book Discussion on Miriam's Song: A Memoir

Mr. Mathabane talked about his book, Miriam’s Song: A Memoir, published by Touchstone Books. The book is written in his… read more

Mr. Mathabane talked about his book, Miriam’s Song: A Memoir, published by Touchstone Books. The book is written in his sister Miriam’s voice about her experiences growing up in a ghetto under apartheid South Africa. Mr. Mathabane talked about life under apartheid, which included racism, hunger, the inferior Bantu education system for black South Africans, and the many difficult experiences his family experienced. He says his father earned about $10 a week, which wasn’t enough to provide for his nine-member family. Mr. Mathabane also discussed his mother, who was his source of hope through her story-telling and care, and who continually fought for his access to education. He also described his initial hatred of whites based on his interaction with the police who raided the ghetto, and his change of heart through other relationships. Mr. Mathabane answered questions at the end of the program from members of the audience. close

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Book Discussion on Miriam's Song: A Memoir

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165797-1
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Public Affairs Event
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Speech
Location:
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
First Aired:
Sep 15, 2001
Last Aired:
Aug 29, 2005

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  • Sep 15, 2001 | 8:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 16, 2001 | 11:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 11, 2005 | 6:22am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 14, 2005 | 6:22am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 15, 2005 | 6:22pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 25, 2005 | 6:22am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 25, 2005 | 6:22pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 27, 2005 | 6:22pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 29, 2005 | 6:22am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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