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One day in 1968, Mark starts hearing people talking about a black man in America that was killed.
Mark doesn't know what people are making such a fuss about – he knows a lot of black men who were killed.
He reads the newspaper headlines and goes home to ask who this "King" is that was killed. Was he a King? What did it mean that he was fighting for equal rights?
Mama says that equal rights would give blacks the same opportunities as whites. She explains that whites in South Africa have taken away all the rights of black people.
Mark wonders why white people are behind everything he wants to know about. Why were they so hateful towards blacks? He wonders if anybody has started a war against the whites, if they've fought to try to get their rights back from whites.
So Mama tells him the story of the Sharpeville Massacre, when blacks did try to fight for their rights and the South African police opened fire, killing sixty-nine peaceful protestors.
Mark wants to know if anyone has done anything since.
Mama explains that everybody is too afraid to do anything.
Mark proclaims a promise, that when he grows up, he'll fight for his rights.