The Book Revue will be in conversation with Audrey Coleman, one of the many parents whose children were detained in the book “The Knock on the Door: The Story of the Detainees’ Parents Support Committee.”
The Colemans were an ordinary family until one of their sons was detained and held for 5 months. Max Coleman went to John Vorster Square almost every day until his son’s release and he and Audrey went on to found the Detainees’ Parent Support Committee.
This book is a sobering reminder of the horrors of the apartheid era and how the State misused its powers to harass, torture and repress South Africans. It is also a wonderful testimony to the strength of the human spirit and to the power of the ordinary people to stand up in extraordinary times.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (as always) says it best: “I urge you to read this book and to learn from it. It is not a story of the past, but a story of the noblest part of ourselves – that part of us that must stand with all the oppressed and exploited people, whether in South Africa or across the world, in the face of injustice and abuse of power.”
The Knock on the Door: The Story of the Detainees’ Support Committee is written by Terry Shakinovsky and Sharon Cort.
Date: 15 March 2018
Time: 10.30 for 11 (tea and snacks will be served)