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She explains viruses and the immune system: she allows for the traditional . . .

African family, for tribal health [its knowledge and its limitations], for the

new impoverished urbanization. She condemns female circumcision.

She counsels abstinence or postponement, [but recognizes that some

people will need to use condoms].



AIDS in Africa

A Book of  Hope,Healing, Wisdom & Inspiration

Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo


AIDS in Africa: An African and Prophetic Perspective by Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo. Foreword by Ambassador Mary Kanya. (Gateway, 68 pages, US 19.50, softbound)

A highly recommended new book for those in family, NGOs, government, and education working against HIV/AIDS. The author Mankekolo has excellent credentials in her various perspectives: African, feminist, medically trained, theologically trained, and community/pastoral oriented.

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"Failure to contain this epidemic in Africa will inevitably affect the whole of humanity. Fortunately, Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo in this wonderful book gives us the inspiration and the wisdom, which leads us to the path of HOPE, HELP AND HEALING."

"Introduction" to AIDS in Africa

Excellency Mary Kanya,

Swaziland Ambassador to the USA

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" The Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo is the founder pastor of Kalafong A.M.E.Church in Baltimore. Her names are South African - she grew up in Soweto, a Christian, and in youth went into exile after protesting apartheid. In USA since 1981, she has earned degrees from Morgan, Johns Hopkins (public health), St Mary's Seminary, and United Theological Seminary. On AIDS she is an authority.

As the count from that pandemic accelerates, passing 25 million dead in a continental population approaching 800 million, Mahlangu-Ngcobo's impulse to cry out has resulted in a book AIDS in Africa: An African and Prophetic Perspective

She explains viruses and the immune system: she allows for the traditional....African family, for tribal health [its knowledge and its limitations], for the new impoverished urbanization. She condemns female circumcision. She counsels abstinence or postponement, [but recognizes that some people will need to use condoms]. She bears in mind . . . the many believers in Islam, in spiritism,Africans have many names for GodModimo, Thixo, Mungu, Oluwa, Chineke....,  And for lingering, painful, unnecessary death."

James H. Brady


Sept 9, 2001

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Dr. Ngcobo passionately writes that the war against HIV and AIDS must be a collective initiative between families, governments, non-governmental organizations, churches and the community. She examines the role of each of these entities, and shows how through the proper information and explanation, the many myths and taboos that surround this disease can be eradicated . . .

"I want people to talk more about this disease, change their behavior and be responsible for their bodies", she says. . .She goes on to describe the HIV virus and its effects on the a way that gives new light and adds a parable to drive the point home....she stresses the role of the family as one of the most important points.

" First we have to back to the position in African family culture of respecting women and girls. They need to be empowered, as they are homer and community builders.. Secondly, African men must protect the Today African men cannot afford to expose their daughters and wives to danger."

Another group she targets is the African faith communities. . . . Dr. Ngcobo visited a young man with HIV in his last days. He was initially cranky and irritable, but through her prayers and compassion, his heart was softened and he died telling his sister to let the minister know he was at peace with God.

She concludes the book with a prophetic sermon and passionate prayer for Africa. [and a moving rewriting of the beatitudes, directing them toward people with AIDS and their caregivers]. "Through prayer, prophetic messages, personal responsibility and the involvement of the government, churches, and business, we can give hope and healing to Africa."

Leah L. Lakins

Baltimore Afro-American

August 25-August 31, 2001

Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlango-Ngcobo is the pastor of Kalafong AME Mission church in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the first black South African woman to receive a Doctor of Ministry degree. She is an educator, author, consultant in health and international social justice. 

Correspondence and orders : (US $19.50)/M. Mahlangu-Ngcobo/3315 Mondawmin Ave./Baltimore, MD 21215, USA/ Canada to 

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Life on Mars

By Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith, author of Life on Mars has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In its review of the book, Publishers Weekly noted the collection's "lyric brilliance" and "political impulses [that] never falter." A New York Times review stated, "Smith is quick to suggest that the important thing is not to discover whether or not we're alone in the universe; it's to accept—or at least endure—the universe's mystery. . . . Religion, science, art: we turn to them for answers, but the questions persist, especially in times of grief. Smith's pairing of the philosophically minded poems in the book’s first section with the long elegy for her father in the second is brilliant." Life on Mars follows Smith's 2007 collection, Duende, which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, the only award for poetry in the United States given to support a poet's second book, and the first Essence Literary Award for poetry, which recognizes the literary achievements of African Americans.

The Body’s Question (2003) was her first published collection. Smith said Life on Mars, published by small Minnesota press Graywolf, was inspired in part by her father, who was an engineer on the Hubble space telescope and died in 2008.

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