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Mark Mathabane Timeline
12 Dec 2017
Mark Mathabane was born OCTOBER 18, 1960
1965: Mark’s home was raided and he was forced to protect his siblings.
1966: Mark's father was taken to prison
1967: Mark was almost raped
1970: Mark witnesses a murder and contemplates suicide
1966: Granny helped Mama pay for their rent when Papa was gone.
1962: The United States establishes the Special Committee Against Apartheid to support a political process of peaceful change, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
1967: Granny started to work as a gardener for a white family, the Smiths
1967: Uncle Piet, 13, was taken away by Peri-Urban
1970: Resistance to Apartheid laws increases.
1973: The United Nations passed a resolution condemning Apartheid.
1973: Granny brings Mark books from the Smiths’ and a tennis racket
1973: Mark meets Scaramouche and they begin their career
1973: He graduated from primary school being one of the smartest
1973: Mark gets a scholarship to pay for secondary school
1974: Mark joins the tennis team
1974: Mark meets Wilfred Horn, who owns a tennis ranch
1974: Mark started to practice tennis at Wilfred's ranch
1975: Arthur Ashe inspired Mark to get a scholarship for tennis
1976: People in Soweto riot and demonstrate against police discrimination and instruction in Afrikaans. 575 killed and injured. Many were arrested. Stephen Biko left in jail to die
1977: Mark and Stan Smith go in the Sugar Circuit
1977: Mark played in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth
1978: Mark starts rebelling and wants equal rights
1978: Death rates rise
1978: Mark sees 12 year old girl being dragged away dead
1979: Mark got a tennis scholarship for a college in South Carolina
1980: People in government around the world launch a campaign to boycott South Africa. Civil obedience and other protests increase.
1981: Mark leaves his family in South Africa to live freely in America
1985: The United Democratic Front was formed in South Africa, which was led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Reverend Allan Boesak. The organization helped spread the word worldwide about the problems of apartheid.
1987: International pressure forces south africa to end apartheid
1963-1990: Nelson Mandela, head of the African National congress, is jailed for the third time.
1991-1994: Nelson Mandela is elected president and the rest of the apartheid laws are repealed.
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