Heart of the South African Struggle

A black South African activist, ready to go into military training for the anticipated black revolution, is persuaded first to attend a workshop aimed to facilitate open black/white interaction. After four intense, painful days he has come to the conclusion that communication rather than violence is the better way.

A white, formally dressed, tight-lipped Afrikaans educator, a government official, is sent to these sessions by his superior. He announces that he can speak of nothing personal, can only voice government educational policy. After four days of inner struggle, of painful awareness of problems he faces in his family, and several sleepless nights, he tries a totally new way of dealing with protesting black students.

How did such transformations come about? Some of the elements are captured in the journal I dictated during seven weeks of intense work in three South African cities. Some background information will place the journal in its context.

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