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Publisher Comments:

Throughout Africa's tumultuous history, certain individuals have fought against the odds to make a difference for their people. Some were strong conquerors while others were determined to bring about change through peaceful means. But all were figures whose charisma, bravery, and vision are legendary. African Heroes brings their stories to life.

The mini-biographies in this inspiring book capture the struggles and triumphs of twenty-seven of the country's most notable leaders. From ancient Africa to the empire-building era, from battles against European incursion to twentieth-century efforts for nationalism, you'll meet the remarkable men and women who fought for this land, including:

Youssef I, an Almoravid Muslim who established the city of Marrakesh in Morocco.

Menelik II of Ethiopia, one of many African leaders who fought against European domination—but the first to succeed.

Nzingha, Queen of Angola, who fought several wars against the Portuguese.

Haile Selassie, King of Ethiopia, who modernized the country and championed the decolonization of Africa.

Albert John Luthuli, the Zulu chief and religious leader who was the first president of the African National Congress and the first African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nelson Mandela, who emerged from twenty-two years in prison for fighting apartheid to win the Nobel Peace Prize and become president of South Africa.

Stephen Biko, a committed activist for black nationalism who was murdered by South African authorities because of his work.

Some well-known and some little-known, the men and women on these pages each possessed the qualities of leadership, courage, and imagination that made them true heroes of Africa.

Synopsis:

Meet the Greatest heroes of africa--from ancient to modern times

"The books in the Black Stars series are the types of books that would have really captivated me as a kid."

--Earl G. Graves, Black Enterprise magazine

Kofi Annan

Askia the Great

Bambaata

Behanzin Hossu Bowelle

Stephen Biko

Cetewayo

Constance Cummings-John

Imhotep

Kenneth Kaunda

Jomo Kenyatta

Khama

Sir Seretse Khama

Patrice Lumumba

Albert John Luthuli

Nelson Mandela

Menelik II

Moshesh

Mansa Musa

Kwame Nkrumah

Julius Nyerere

Nzingha

Piankhy

Rabah

Haile Selassie

Albertina Sisulu

Osei Tutu

Youssef I

Synopsis:

Meet the Greatest heroes of africa—from ancient to modern times

"The books in the Black Stars series are the types of books that would have really captivated me as a kid."

—Earl G. Graves, Black Enterprise magazine

Kofi Annan

Askia the Great

Bambaata

Behanzin Hossu Bowelle

Stephen Biko

Cetewayo

Constance Cummings-John

Imhotep

Kenneth Kaunda

Jomo Kenyatta

Khama

Sir Seretse Khama

Patrice Lumumba

Albert John Luthuli

Nelson Mandela

Menelik II

Moshesh

Mansa Musa

Kwame Nkrumah

Julius Nyerere

Nzingha

Piankhy

Rabah

Haile Selassie

Albertina Sisulu

Osei Tutu

Youssef I

About the Author

Jim Haskins, the general editor of the Black Stars series, is the author of more than one hundred books for young readers. His works include African American Entrepreneurs, which is part of the Black Stars series, and Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation; he also collaborated with Rosa Parks on her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story. He has received many awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award and the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Award for the body of his work.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART ONE: HEROS OF ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL AFRICA.

Imhotep. 

Piankhy.

Youssef

Mansa Musa.

Askia the Great.

PART TWO: HEROES OF THE STRUGGLE AGAINST EUROPEAN INCURSION. 

Nzingha.

Osei Tutu.

Moshesh.

Cetewayo.

Khama.

Behanzin Hossu Bowelle.

Rabah.

Menelik II.

Bambaata.

PART THREE: HEROES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

Haile Selassie.

Jomo Kenyatta.

Albert John Luthuli.

Kwame Nkrumah.

Constance Cummings-John.

Nelson Mandela.

Albertina Sisulu.

Sir Seretse Khama.

Julius Nyerere.

Kenneth Kaunda.

Patrice Lumumba.

Kofi Annan.

Stephen Biko.

Further Reading.

Picture Credits.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471466727
Publisher:
Wiley
Subject:
Africa
Author:
Haskins, Jim
Author:
Haskins, James
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Heroes
Subject:
History - Africa
Subject:
General
Subject:
Heroes - Africa
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
Children s History
Copyright:
Series:
Black Stars
Series Volume:
18
Publication Date:
20080421
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.60x7.88x.59 in. 1.02 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

Related Subjects

Children's » History » World History
Children's » Nonfiction » Biographies
Children's » Nonfiction » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » General
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Biographies

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"Synopsis" by , Meet the Greatest heroes of africa--from ancient to modern times

"The books in the Black Stars series are the types of books that would have really captivated me as a kid."

--Earl G. Graves, Black Enterprise magazine

Kofi Annan

Askia the Great

Bambaata

Behanzin Hossu Bowelle

Stephen Biko

Cetewayo

Constance Cummings-John

Imhotep

Kenneth Kaunda

Jomo Kenyatta

Khama

Sir Seretse Khama

Patrice Lumumba

Albert John Luthuli

Nelson Mandela

Menelik II

Moshesh

Mansa Musa

Kwame Nkrumah

Julius Nyerere

Nzingha

Piankhy

Rabah

Haile Selassie

Albertina Sisulu

Osei Tutu

Youssef I

"Synopsis" by , Meet the Greatest heroes of africa—from ancient to modern times

"The books in the Black Stars series are the types of books that would have really captivated me as a kid."

—Earl G. Graves, Black Enterprise magazine

Kofi Annan

Askia the Great

Bambaata

Behanzin Hossu Bowelle

Stephen Biko

Cetewayo

Constance Cummings-John

Imhotep

Kenneth Kaunda

Jomo Kenyatta

Khama

Sir Seretse Khama

Patrice Lumumba

Albert John Luthuli

Nelson Mandela

Menelik II

Moshesh

Mansa Musa

Kwame Nkrumah

Julius Nyerere

Nzingha

Piankhy

Rabah

Haile Selassie

Albertina Sisulu

Osei Tutu

Youssef I

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