Ten African Heroes: The Sweep of Independence in Black Africa

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A look at African leaders who ignited independence in Black Africa during the 1960s through the eyes of Thomas Melady, a legendary diplomat, and his wife Margaret, who went to Africa to serve others and found themselves involved with leaders who would change the face of the continent.

Contents: Leopold Sedar Senghor: poet, philosopher, and founding president of Senegal -- Julius Kambarage Nyerere: the patient architect -- Kenneth David Kaunda : navigator for freedom -- Seretse Khama: courageous advocate for racial reconciliation -- Thomas Joseph Mboya: young man in a hurry -- Holden Roberto: an Angolan patriot -- Eduardo C. Mondlane: martyr for Mozambique -- William V.S. Tubman: new deal for Liberia -- Sylvanus Olympio: West African leader brutally killed in Togo -- Ahmadou Ahidjo: the serene leader of a multiethnic state


Published: Melady, Thomas Patrick and Margaret Badum Melady. Ten African Heroes: The Sweep of Independence in Black Africa. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011.

ISBN 9781570759291