South African Children March For Libraries

11/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • CELIA W. DUGGER The New York Times

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Thousands of children marched to City Hall this week in sensible black shoes, a stream of boys and girls from township schools across this seaside city that extended for blocks, passing in a blur of pleated skirts, blazers and rep ties. Their polite demand: Give us libraries and librarians.

"We want more information and knowledge," said a ninth grader, Abongile Ndesi.

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