The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme
of Intolerance and Racism and other themes related to Kaffir Boy:
Abrahams, Peter. Mine Boy. London: Faber and Faber, 1946. This
novel tells of a young black South African who moves from the country
to the city and works in the mines. (average)
Head, Bessie. When Rain Clouds Gather. New York: Simon and Schuster,
1968. In this first novel, Head tells the story of a black South African
who moves to a village in Botswana and becomes involved in a plan to
help the villagers improve their way of life. (average)
Lessing, Doris. The Grass Is Singing. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell,
1950. This story of racial conflict is set on the farmlands of South
Paton, Alan. Cry, the Beloved Country. New York: Franklin Watts,
1948. In this famous novel, Paton tells the story of a Zulu minister
who searches for his son in the underworld of Johannesburg. (average)
Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir Boy in America. 1989. A sequel to Kaffir
Boy, this book tells of Mathabane's early years in the United States
as a student, activist, and writer.
Abrahams, Peter. Tell Freedom. London: Faber and Faber, 1954.
This autobiography by a colored South African focuses on his youthful
struggles in the ghettos of Johannesburg. (average)
Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son. New York: Dial, 1963.
A collection of essays that deal with racial problems in the United
States. The title essay portrays Baldwin's troubled relationship with
his father, which resembles that of Mathabane and his father. (challenge)
Magubane, Peter. Magubane's South Africa. New York: Knopf, 1978.
This book of photographs documents black life in South Africa under
Wright, Richard. Black Boy. New York: Harper and Row, 1937. In
this autobiography, a major African-American writer of the 1900s tells
of his growing up in the South. (easy)