Donald is the editor of the newspaper “Daily Dispatch” and was formerly trained as a lawyer. He gets to know Bike not really voluntary but this event changed his philosophy of life completely. At the beginning he is still against the black population, but his sense for Justice forces him to write objective articles too, although they are prohibited. Through various discussions with Bike he lives through a personal development and becomes a passionate fighter for liberation. Bantu Stephen Bike: he is a thirty-year-old black man, married to Antiskid and they eave a boy. Kook is a serious, well educated man who is the founder and leader of the South African “Black Consciousness” movement. He advocates the non-violent fight for liberty, however he Is prosecuted by the police and called the “Black racist” by his enemies. Plot: The story takes place in the 70њs. Its about the resistance of the blacks to the apartheid legacy in South Africa In the late seventies. Moreover It tells the story of the growing friendship between two men different In race, standard of living and at first even world view.
The story begins with a police raid in a black shantytown of Crossroads outside Cape Town in November 1975. Everywhere are pictures of Steve Bike and the words Aback Consciousness. The settlers are treated badly. The police punches them, chases them with dogs and they are also using tear gas. In the Radio they say that Illegal settlers were sent back to their respective Homelands and that there was no resistance. The editor of Dally Dispatch Donald Woods gets photos of the raid and he decides to print them although the government doses t allow to print such photos.
He also mentioned Bike in a short article. The next day DRP Ample Rampage, a close friend of Bike, enters Dona’s office and orders Donald to visit Bike because she dosesјt approve to the article. Woods says that he would fight him as long as he sits in his chair. Some days later Woods meets Stephan Bike in an old church were he wants to make a centre for black people. He listens to Blob’s pollen and Bolo also shows Woods a clan for black people. In the clinic Is Doctor in South Africa live. They go there in an old black taxi which is only for black people.
In the black township they eat with a black family and Bike tells Woods about the history how the white came to South Africa and how the black people got their bad situation which they have now. Every meeting Donald Woods gets to know more about the real conditions under which the blacks live and six weeks later the “Daily Dispatch” becomes the first newspaper to employ two black men as reporters. One day Bike gets arrested after a football match where he has held a speech. He is brought to the police station, where gets beaten by Captain De Wet.
But he defends myself and they throw him out of the office. In revenge two policemen enter the church in the night and smash all things of value. Donald is informed but he cannot print any article for fear of the police killing the witness. So Woods flees to the minister of police, an old friend of him, to speak to him about the incident. From this time on Donald is kept under surveillance and his relatives and friends are attacked several times. In the course Nameplate and Teeny, the two black reporters, are arrested and at least murdered by policemen.
The funeral is in the stadium and when Woods and his wife arrive thousands f black people with pictures of Bike are there. There would come more black people but the police sent them back. After a speech the crowd begin to sing the African Song which Steven Bike loved. Some white students see how Woods sings and they come to him and ask him if he understands these African words and he starts to sing in English. Woods wants that other newspapers write about Bike ‘s death but they are afraid because it is very dangerous. So Woods decides to emigrate to New York. On the airport two soldiers stoop Woods and bring him in an office.
There Lieutenant Buses reads from a warrant to Woods that he becomes a banning person. Now he starts to write a book about Bike’s life and after speaking with some friends he comes to the decision, if he publishes the book he and his family has to escape if they don ‘t want to get killed. But also the escape is very dangerous. Woods flight is successful and so his family follows. The family gets passports from the United Nations and flies away. In the plain Woods looks out of the window and in his mind he hears the crowd of thousands singing at Bike’s funeral.