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Ghana VP sworn in hours after president's death—Francis Kokutse—24 July 2012ACCRA, Ghana — President John Atta Mills' election victory secured Ghana's reputation as one of the most mature democracies in West Africa, a position further solidified Tuesday when the vice president took over only hours after the 68-year-old president died five months before finishing his first term. John Mahama's swift inauguration underscored Ghana's stability in a part of the world where the deaths of other leaders have sparked coups. "We are deeply distraught, devastated as a country," Mahama said after his swearing-in ceremony, where he raised the golden staff of office above his head.wral / John Dramani Mahama / My First Coup d'État and Other True Stories from the Lost Decades

John Evans Fifii Atta Mills (21 July 1944 – 24 July 2012) was a Ghanaian politician who was President of Ghana from 2009 until his death in 2012. He was inaugurated on 7 January 2009, having defeated the ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election.[

He was Vice-President from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings, and stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). He died on 24 July 2012 at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.He is the first Ghanaian head of state to die in office.wikipedia / John Mahama Sworn in as 4th President

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African Background of the Negro by W.D. Weatherford


African Chief by William Cullen Bryant


African Diaspora in the 21st Century by Thabo Mbeki, South Africa 30 June 2003


African Liberators of Nigeria

Alhaji Ahmadu, Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe


African Slavery -- Religion and Colonial Brazil


Albert Schweitzer Receives No Negro Applause


Amilcar Cabral


Amilcar Cabral Bio 

     The Cabral Quotable   

     Cabral Sketch 


     Murder of Amilca Cabral  by Kalamu ya Salaam

Ashanti Chronology

The Ashanti Empire of West Africa A Historical & Cultural Background


Awakening  the Conscience of America Bush Remarks Goree Island 8 July 2003


Babatunde Olatunji Drummer, 76, Dies


Baltimore's Old Slave Markets 1835 Well-Established Dealers by Stanton Tierman


Banda Grandfather of New African Politics


Binyavanga Wainaina


     Banning Chinua Achebe in Kenya  A Letter 


Bisi Adjapon

     The Funny Side of Racism

     Staying in Touch with Ghana

Death and Dying in the African Context by Gerald Onyewuchi Onukwugha

Freedom Ain't Come Yet!  by Aduku Addae

Ghana &  African Americans and Mr. Randolph Visits Ghana

God Save His Majesty's Blacks by Roi Ottley

Haile Selassie

     An Ex-King Speaks (poem)

     Drums of Menelik (poem)

     Selassie at Geneva (poem)

Julius Nyere

     Julius Kambarage Nyerere (1922-1999)

    Ujamaa By Junious  Nyerere

Junious Ricardo Stanton 

AmeriKKKa Covets African Oil  

AmeriKKKa Puts Africa in Its Cross Hairs  

Rites of Ancestral Return Tribute Honors African Remains  

Tell the Truth Man Out of Africa 


Kalamu ya Salaam


Foreign Exchange 

The Importance of an African-Centered Education

Murder of Amilca Cabral  

Once You've Been There  

Queen Nzinga's Army  

What's Your Name? 

The Whole of Ourselves       


Kola Boof  


     Bio-Chronology of Kola's Life  

     Bible Killers of Sudan

     Black Americans Campaign

     Boof Dismissed as Star

     Boof Speaks on Israeli Radio

     Boof Surrenders

     Christmas on the Nile 

     Every Little Bit Hurts

     Gone Dry

     Kola Boof Pissed with Belafonte  

     My Master, My Husband (Kola Boof)

     SUDAN: Purple Eye   

     To Be Invisible

     Who is Kola Boof?


Kwame Nkrumah


     For Kwame Nkrumah

       Kwame Nkrumah, Kenyatta, and the Old Order

       Osagyefo on African Renaissance 

     Responsibility of a Pan-African Socialist  A speech by Osagyefo    




Can Libya Survive NATO

Coalition of Crusaders Join with al Qaeda

Emergency Actions Urged

Gaddafi: A System of His Own

Libya Geopolitics

Libya Getting it Right: Pan-African 

Libya Needs Dialogue: Yoweri Museveni 

Obama Bombs Africa: Targets African Unity

Qaddafi Apologizes for Arab Slave Trade

Speech on Libya Situation (Obama)   

White Cloud Storms Africa  


Lewis Nkosi

    Cry Sorrow Contents  

     Cry Sorrow Introduction

     Home and Exile


     Independence Day Speech (June 30, 1960)

     Letter to Pauline 

     Lumumba: A Biography (Robin McKown)

Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo

     AIDS in Africa A Book  of  Hope, Healing, Wisdom & Inspiration

     Remember Soweto 16 June 1974  


Manthia Diawara


     Diawara Preface  

     We Won't Budge


Mohammed Naseehu Ali

     The Prophet of Zongo Street



    African-American Leaders in Opposition to Mugabe

     Attempt to Defame First Lady Deplored The Herald (Harare) July 30, 2002

     Black Africa's duty to help Zimbabwe  

     Choosing Sides  Zimbabwe Peasant Land Expropriations By Lil Joe 

     Colin Powell Now Seeks to Destablize  An Elected African Government

     Empires and Lynching (Ogbunwezeh)

     Look What I Found (video) 

     The Lynching of Robert Mugabe  

     No to invasion of Zimbabwe! (Molefe) 

     The Real Trouble with Zimbabwe   (Ogbunwezeh)

     Reporting Zimbabwe  By Lester Lewis

     Sanctions on Zimbabwe -- Africa Under Attack (Connie White)

     Trans Africa on Mugabe 

     UN Speech

     Western Hypocrisy

     Witnessing in Perilous Times

     Zimbabwe and the Question of Imperialism (Democracy Now Interview)

     Zimbabwe's Lonely Fight for Justice  ((Stephen Gowans)   


My Plans to Satisfy Nigerians by Paul Odili


Naboth Mokgatle

    The Autobiography of an Unknown South African 

     Christian Missionaries in Phokeng



No Phone, No Computer for Most Africans (UN African Recovery Report)


A Paler Shade of Black by Linda Beckerman, Ph, D.


Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

     After All the Flame

     Becoming Ebony

     Finding My Family

     In the Begnning  

     Monrovia Women


     This is What I Tell My Daughter  

     What Dirge

     When I Get to Heaven  


Paul Kingsnorth

     One No, Many Yeses  A Journey to the Heart of the Global Resistance Movement

     A Shattered Dream


Peter Eric Adotey Addo

     The African Queen

     Books by Peter Addo   

     For Kwame Nkrumah   

     Ghana - A Year Ago  

     How a Black African Views His American Black Brothers

     Origins Of African American Spiritualism 


Peter H. Abrahams

     Abrahams Bio to 1957 

     Kwame Nkrumah, Kenyatta, and the Old Order  

Rebecca Malope South African Gospel Queen


Reporting South Africa  By Lester Lewis


Roi Ottley

     God Save His Majesty's Blacks

Roots: A Powerful Impact by Gerald Forshey


Saartjie Baartman


     Exhibiting Others in West

     Hottentot Venus

     Letter from the President

     Sara Story    


Steve Biko

     Bantu Stephen Biko

     On Black Consciousness  /


Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem

     Deposing Charles Taylor 

     Nigeria: The "Greatest Nation"? 


Tears of the Sun: Movie or Propaganda by Bakari Akil II


Thabo Mbeki

     African Diaspora in the 21st Century  

      I Am an African

     Nobody ever chose to be a slave

     Saartjie Baartman


Waiting for the Vote of the Wild Animals by Ahmadou Kourouma

Where the White Man Can't Win

Yambo Ouologuem

     Bound to Violence

     The Legend of the Saifs

     The Night of the Giants [Or a Satire on Leo Frobenius] 

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The revolution and the emancipation of women—Imbued with the invigorating sap of freedom, the men of Burkina, the humiliated and outlawed of yesterday, received the stamp of what is most precious in the world: honor and dignity. From this moment on, happiness became accessible. Every day we advance toward it, heady with the first fruits of our struggles, themselves proof of the great strides we have already taken. But the selfish happiness is an illusion. There is something crucial missing: women. They have been excluded from the joyful procession…The revolution’s promises are already a reality for men. But for women, they are still merely a rumor. And yet the authenticity and the future of our revolution depend on women. Nothing definitive or lasting can be accomplished in our country as long as a crucial part of ourselves is kept in this condition of subjugation - a condition imposed…by various systems of exploitation. Posing the question of women in Burkinabe society today means posing the abolition of the system of slavery to which they have been subjected for millennia.

The first step is to try to understand how this system functions, to grasp its real nature in all its subtlety, in order then to work out a line of action that can lead to women’s total emancipation. . . . .The condition of women is therefore at the heart of the question of humanity itself, here, there, and everywhere.Thomas Sankara

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Pray the Devil Back to Hell   / Leymah Gbowee Wins 2011 Nobel Peace Prize


Nobel Peace Prize Winners are Subjects of Prominent PBS BroadcastsThree women—Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her compatriot Leymah Gbowee, and pro-democracy campaigner Tawakul Karman of Yemen — have been named co-recipients of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their nonviolent role in promoting peace, democracy, and gender equality.

Their remarkable stories are part of public media’s Women and Girls Lead pipeline of documentaries. Public media leaders from ITVS, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting joined . . .  three women named co-recipients of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

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Dentist Dr. Robert Lee

Championed African-American Community in Ghana

In the mid-1950s, Dr. Robert Lee, a dentist from South Carolina, moved to Ghana to escape racism in the south. Over the next half century, Lee became a fixture in the African-American community in the West African country. Dr. Lee died on Monday, July 5th at the age of 90. But few here in his home state, or in the States at all, knew of his work. But in Ghana, he made a name for himself. Dr. Robert Lee, trained as a dentist, moved to Accra in the mid-1950s. Over the past half century, Lee became a fixture in the black American ex-patriot community in Ghana. NPR

Host Michel Martin talks to NPR West African correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about his life and legacy. Dr. Robert Lee NPR Interview

Dentist Championed African-American Community In Ghana

Dr Robert Lee passes on

Dr. Robert Lee (right) in 2009 with Kwame Zulu Shabazz

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The State of African Education (April 200)

Attack On Africans Writing Their Own History Part 1 of 7

Dr Asa Hilliard III speaks on the assault of academia on Africans writing and accounting for their own history.

Dr Hilliard is A teacher, psychologist, and historian.

Part 2 of 7  /  Part 3 of 7  / Part 4 of 7  / Part 5 of 7 / Part 6 of 7  /  Part 7 of 7

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Basil Davidson's  "Africa Series"

 Different But Equal  /  Mastering A Continent  /  Caravans of Gold  / The King and the City / The Bible and The Gun

West Africa Before the Colonial Era: A History to 1850 

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Files on Zimbabwe:  The Real Trouble with Zimbabwe (Ogbunwezeh)  / Black Africa's duty to help Zimbabwe defeat sanctions (Chinweizu)

Zimbabwe's Lonely Fight for Justice   / Colin Powell on Mugabe  / Trans-Africa on Mugabe  /  Sanctions on Zimbabwe    / Land Expropriations

 Reporting Zimbabwe  / Attempt to Defame Grace Mugabe / In The House of Stone


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Angélique Kidjo Interview / Move On Up

Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy Award-winning Beninoise singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Kidjo was born in Cotonou, Benin. Her father is from the Fon people of Ouidah and her mother from the Yoruba people. She grew up listening to Beninese traditional music, Miriam Makeba, James Brown, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, and Santana. By the time she was six, Kidjo was performing with her mother's theatre troupe, giving her an early appreciation for traditional music and dance. She started singing in her school band Les Sphinx and found success as a teenager with her adaptation of Miriam Makeba's "Les Trois Z" which played on national radio.

She recorded the album Pretty with the Cameroonian producer Ekambi Brilliant and her brother Oscar. It featured the songs Ninive, Gbe Agossi and a tribute to the singer Bella Bellow, one of her role models. The success of the album allowed her to tour all over West Africa. Wikipedia

posted 7 August 2008

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Yambo Ouologuem

on Violence, Truth and Black History

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The Rape of Libya

By Bill Van Auken

AP said that the grisly discovery raised “the disturbing specter of mass killings of noncombatants, detainees and the wounded.” Among the bodies of the executed the report added were several that “had been shot in the head, with their hands tied behind their backs. A body in a doctor’s green hospital gown was found in the canal. The bodies were bloated.”eporting from the same killing field, Reuters counted 30 bodies “riddled with bullets”. It noted that “Five of the dead were at a field hospital nearby, with one in an ambulance strapped to a gurney with an intravenous drip still in his arm.” Two of the bodies, it said, “were charred beyond recognition.”

Amnesty International has raised urgent concerns about the killing, torture and brutalization of people being rounded up by the “rebels,” particularly African migrant workers who have been singled out for retribution because of the color of their skin. In a report from a makeshift detention camp set up by the NATO-led forces in a Tripoli school, Amnesty stated:WSWS

 Gaddafi switching to guerrilla mode’  /  Before NATO intrusion, Libya was African Switzerland’

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Good Riddance to the African-Hater on the International Criminal Court—Glen Ford—“He has committed the ICC’s resources almost exclusively to concocting indictments against Africans.”—Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, leaves the ICC at the end of this month. The entire Black world ought to say “Good riddance.” Moreno-Ocampo is from Argentina, and took office as the Court’s first prosecutor in 2003. He has committed the ICC’s resources almost exclusively to concocting indictments against Africans, while kissing Uncle Sam’s butt at every possible opportunity. Indeed, even as his term expires, Moreno-Ocampo continues to try to pin an ICC Marshal’s badge on the United States, even though the U.S. isn’t a signatory to the treaty that created the Court.

In his last days in office, he remains determined to use the superpower to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. This, of course, would require that the U.S. commit acts of war against Sudan, in clear opposition to the will of the African Union. But, that appears to be Moreno-Ocampo’s purpose: to use the American superpower as a stick to threaten Africa.—blackagendareport

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The Fourth World Multiculturalism as Antidote to Global Violence

By Rose Ure Mezu

Chinua Achebe: The Man and His Works (2006)  

Of St. Augustine, the African Restless Heart, and Search for Peace

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#8 - Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby
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#4 - Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper
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#8 - The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
#9 - The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

#10 - John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History  by Ahati N. N. Toure

#11 - Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley

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#18 - A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

#19 - John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

#20 - Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

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#22 - 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino
#23 - Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul by Tom Lagana
#24 - 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields

#25 - Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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Season of Adventure

By George Lamming

First published in 1960, Season of Adventure details the story of Fola, a light-skinned middle-class girl who has been tipped out of her easy hammock of social privilege into the complex political and cultural world of her recently independent homeland, the Caribbean island of San Cristobal. After attending a ceremony of the souls to raise the dead, she is carried off by the unrelenting accompaniment of steel drums onto a mysterious journey in search of her past and of her identity. Gradually, she is caught in the crossfire of a struggle between people who have "pawned their future to possessions" and those "condemned by lack of learning to a deeper truth." The music of the drums sounds throughout the novel, "loud as gospel to a believer's ears," and at the end stands alone as witness to the tradition which is slowly being destroyed in the name of European values. Whether through literary production or public pronouncements, George Lamming has explored the phenomena of colonialism and imperialism and their impact on the psyche of Caribbean people.

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Who Fears Death

By Nnedi Okorafor

Well-known for young adult novels (The Shadow Speaks; Zahrah the Windseeker), Okorafor sets this emotionally fraught tale in post apocalyptic Saharan Africa. The young sorceress Onyesonwu—whose name means “Who fears death?”—was born Ewu, bearing a mixture of her mother's features and those of the man who raped her mother and left her for dead in the desert. As Onyesonwu grows into her powers, it becomes clear that her fate is mingled with the fate of her people, the oppressed Okeke, and that to achieve her destiny, she must die. Okorafor examines a host of evils in her chillingly realistic tale—gender and racial inequality share top billing, along with female genital mutilation and complacency in the face of destructive tradition—and winds these disparate concepts together into a fantastical, magical blend of grand storytelling

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Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid

By  Frank B. Wilderson III

Wilderson, a professor, writer and filmmaker from the Midwest, presents a gripping account of his role in the downfall of South African apartheid as one of only two black Americans in the African National Congress (ANC). After marrying a South African law student, Wilderson reluctantly returns with her to South Africa in the early 1990s, where he teaches Johannesburg and Soweto students, and soon joins the military wing of the ANC. Wilderson's stinging portrait of Nelson Mandela as a petulant elder eager to accommodate his white countrymen will jolt readers who've accepted the reverential treatment usually accorded him. After the assassination of Mandela's rival, South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani, Mandela's regime deems Wilderson's public questions a threat to national security; soon, having lost his stomach for the cause, he returns to America.

Wilderson has a distinct, powerful voice and a strong story that shuffles between the indignities of Johannesburg life and his early years in Minneapolis, the precocious child of academics who barely tolerate his emerging political consciousness. Wilderson's observations about love within and across the color line and cultural divides are as provocative as his politics; despite some distracting digressions, this is a riveting memoir of apartheid's last days.Publishers Weekly

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My First Coup d'Etat

And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa

By John Dramani Mahama

Though the colonies of sub-Saharan Africa began to claim independence in the late 1950s and ’60s, autocratic and capricious leadership soon caused initial hope to fade, and Africa descended into its “lost decades,” a period of stagnation and despondency from which much of the continent has yet to recover. Mahama, vice president of the Republic of Ghana, grew up alongside his nascent country and experienced this roller-coaster of fortunes. In this memoir, Mahama, the son of a member of parliament, recounts how affairs of state became real in his young mind on the day in 1966 when no one came to collect him from boarding school—the government had been overthrown, his father arrested, and his house confiscated.

In fluid, unpretentious style, Mahama unspools Ghana’s recent history via entertaining and enlightening personal anecdotes: spying on his uncle impersonating a deity in order to cajole offerings of soup from the villagers hints at the power of religion; discussions with his schoolmates about confronting a bully form the nucleus of his political awakening. As he writes: “The key to Africa’s survival has always been . . . in the story of its people, the paradoxical simplicity and complexity of our lives.” The book draws to a close as the author’s professional life begins. —Publishers Weekly

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God is Not a Christian: and Other Provocations
By Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu has become one of the greatest moral voices of our time. In his new book, God is Not A Christian, an essential collection of his most historic speeches and writings, we witness his unique career of provoking the powerful and confronting the world in order to protect the oppressed, the poor, and the victims of injustice. Tutu first won renown for his courageous opposition to apartheid in South Africa, but his ministry soon took on international dimensions. Rooted in his faith and in the values embodied in the African spirit of ubuntu, Tutu’s uncompromising vision of a shared humanity has compelled him to speak out, even in the face of violent opposition and virulent criticism, against political injustice and oppression, religious fundamentalism, and the persecution of minorities. Arranged by theme and introduced with insight and historical context by Tutu biographer John Allen, God is Not a Christian: and Other Provocations takes readers from the violent clashes in South Africa over Apartheid to the healing work of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee; from Trafalgar Square after the fall of the Berlin Wall to a nationally broadcast address commemorating the legacy of Nelson Mandela; from Dublin, Ireland’s Christ Church Cathedral to a basketball stadium in Luanda, Angola.

Whether exploring democracy in Africa, the genocide in Rwanda, black theology, the inclusion of gays and lesbians in the church, or the plight of Palestinians, Tutu’s truth is clear and voice unflinching. In a world of suffering and conflict, where human laws all too often clash with the law of God, Tutu’s hopeful, timeless messages become more needed and powerful with each passing year. The strength of principle found in this collection can inspire younger generations of every stripe to pick up Tutu’s mantle.HarperOne

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Mighty Be Our Powers

How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

By Leymah Gbowee

As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. Years of fighting destroyed her country—and shattered Gbowee’s girlhood hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts—and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force. In 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia’s ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. With an army of women, Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace—in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history.

Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will touch all who dream of a better world.Beast Books 

Pray the Devil Back to Hell   / Leymah Gbowee Wins 2011 Nobel Peace Prize  / Nobel Peace Prize Winners

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Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage

By Rick Stengel

Richard Stengel, the editor of Time magazine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conver­sation with Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons. For nearly three years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography and traveled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the different sides of this complex man and became a cherished friend and colleague.  In Mandela’s Way, Stengel recounts the moments in which “the grandfather of South Africa” was tested and shares the wisdom he learned: why courage is more than the absence of fear, why we should keep our rivals close, why the answer is not always either/or but often “both,” how important it is for each of us to find something away from the world that gives us pleasure and satisfaction—our own garden.

Woven into these life lessons are remarkable stories—of Mandela’s child­hood as the protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprison­ment that could not break him, and of his new and fulfilling marriage at the age of eighty.

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Heart of Darkness

By Joseph Conrad

Missing words have been restored and the entire novel has been repunctuated in accordance with Conrad’s style. The result is the first published version of Heart of Darkness that allows readers to hear Marlow’s voice as Conrad heard it when he wrote the story. "Backgrounds and Contexts" provides readers with a generous collection of maps and photographs that bring the Belgian Congo to life. Textual materials, topically arranged, address nineteenth-century views of imperialism and racism and include autobiographical writings by Conrad on his life in the Congo.

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Nairobi Heat

By Mukoma wa Ngugi

The best thing about this book is the voice of its narrator—a sort of old-fashioned detective-movie voice, a little jaded by experience, but with a heart of gold and a touch of sweetness hidden deep inside. We see not only Africa, but also the US through his eyes. The second best thing about the book is the way the story (solving the murder) is so intertwined with the culture the detective encounters in Africa. One cannot be teased apart from the other. This is a murder that could not have happened, would not have happened in any other way, in any other place. The culture shock is acute—and important, as our protagonist, a black American detective, searches not only for a killer, but also for his own social equilibrium in a world where he's suddenly a part of the majority—but also a foreigner.  . .

I have to say I really, really enjoyed this book--and I would recommend it to anybody who likes not only a good page-turning mystery, but also a journey outside his N. American comfort zone. I'd also like to see more from this author.

Mukoma wa Ngugi: A Glimpse into African Consciousness

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Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey (2008)

Thurgood Marshall became a living icon of civil rights when he argued Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme Court in 1954. Six years later, he was at a crossroads. A rising generation of activists were making sit-ins and demonstrations rather than lawsuits the hallmark of the civil rights movement. What role, he wondered, could he now play?

When in 1960 Kenyan independence leaders asked him to help write their constitution, Marshall threw himself into their cause. Here was a new arena in which law might serve as the tool with which to forge a just society. In Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey (2008) Mary Dudziak recounts with poignancy and power the untold story of Marshall's journey to Africa

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African Slave Trade: Precolonial History, 1450-1850

By Basil Davidson

The best general account of the Atlantic slave trade. It is the story of one of the most enormous crimes in all human history. Basil Davidson states that by examining three important areas of Africa in the history of slavery 'against a general background of their time and circumstance' he was taking 'a fresh look at the overseas slave trade, the steady year-by-year export of African labour to the West Indies and the Americas that marked the greatest and most fateful migration—forced migration—in the history of man. This book is about the course and consequences of this long African-European connection that endured from the fifteenth century to the nineteenth. It makes an answer to three vital questions: What kind of contact was this with Europe and  America? How did the experience affect Africa? Why did it end in colonial invasion and conquest?

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The Prophet of Zongo Street

Stories by Mohammed Naseehu Ali

Vivid images of African life and familiar snippets of expatriate life infuse this debut collection by a Ghana-born writer and musician. On the fictional Zongo Street in Accra, young children gather around their grandmother to hear a creation story from "the time of our ancestors' ancestors' ancestors" in "The Story of Day and Night." In "Mallam Sille," a weak, 46-year-old virgin tea seller finds soulful strength in marriage to a dominant village woman. Other stories take place in and around New York City, depicting immigrants struggling with American culture and values. A Ghanaian caregiver vows not to "grow old in this country" in "Live-In," while in "The True Aryan," an African musician and an Armenian cabbie competitively compare tragic cultural histories on the ride from Manhattan to Brooklyn, achieving humanist understanding as they reach Park Slope:

"I looked into his eyes, and with a sudden deep respect said to the man, 'I'll take your pain, too.' " Several stories close in a similarly magical, almost folkloric epiphany, as when sleep becomes an attempt "to bring calm to the pulsing heart of Man" in "The Manhood Test." Ali speaks melodiously but not always provocatively in these tales of transition and emigration.Publishers Weekly

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Amy Ashwood Garvey: Pan Africanist, Feminist, and Wife No. 1 Or, A Tale of Two Amies

By Tony Martin

"She had a sort of coup in the UNIA," Martin said of Amy Ashwood Garvey. This was when she was in Jamaica between 1939 and 1944, a period when Mrs. Marcus Garvey No. 2, Amy Jacques Garvey, was also in Jamaica." Martin's sources were Amy Ashwood Garvey's papers, consisting of letters, scripts and photographs--found among her friends Lionel Yard and Ivy Constable Richards, the National Library of Jamaica, in London and in Chicago from the former head of the UNIA, the Hon. Charles L. Jones.  In 1924, in London, she started an important organisation," Martin said. That was the Nigerian Progress Union, later to become the West African Students Union (WASU). "WASU is one of the most important organisations in the history of Pan-Africanism," Martin said, pointing out that Kwame Nkrumah was once president. In 1946, she traced her ancestry back to Asante in Ghana.  Jamaica-Gleaner

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No Easy Victories

African Liberation and American Activists over Half a Century, 1950-2000

Edited by William Minter, Gail Hovey and Charles Cobb Jr.

Tell no lies; claim no easy victories—Amilcar Cabral, 1965. African news making headlines in the U.S.A. today is dominated by disaster: wars, famine, HIV/AIDS. Americans who respond from Hollywood stars to ordinary citizens are learning that real solutions require more than charity. This book provides for the first time a panoramic view of U.S. activism on Africa from 1950 to 2000, activism grounded in a common struggle for justice. It portrays organizations, individual activists, and transnational networks that contributed to African liberation from colonialism and from apartheid in South Africa. In turn, it shows how African struggles informed U.S. activism including the civil rights and black power movements. Intended for activists, analysts, students, researchers, teachers, and anyone concerned with world issues, the authors draw on interviews, research and personal experience to portray the history and stimulate reflection on international solidarity today.

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Child of the Dark

The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus 

By Carolina Maria de Jesus

Written between 1955 and 1960, Child of the Dark is the daily journal of a artist, a writer who, as the single mother of three young children, supports her family by picking through garbage for paper and scraps to sell. They live in a cardboard and wood-scrap shack in a Brazilian slum called the "favela" where there is no plumbing and one public cold-water spigot is the only clean water source for several hundred people. Carolina wants her journal to document the lives "favelados" are forced to live. "July 24 "I got up at 5 o'clock to carry water." She often understates: "June 18 Today it dawned raining. Yesterday Vera spit two worms out of her mouth. She has a fever. There is no school today in honor of the Prince of Japan." Carolina de Jesus is a poet of intense dignity without physical or spiritual nourishment. "July 15 Today is the birthday of my daughter Vera Eunice. I can't give her a party for this would be just like trying to grab a hold of the sun with my hands. Today there's not going to be any lunch."

Her novels are rejected but her journal is accepted for publication in 1959 and eventually becomes very popular in Brazil. This makes her happy but does not immediately change her life: "January 1, 1960 I got up at 5 and went to get water.”

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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