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Any selection of leaders, whatever the criteria, is inherently subjective, and this collection does not pretend to be comprehensive. It does establish clear criteria for inclusion, attempting to include outstanding individuals from America, Africa, and the Caribbean, who are clearly of global and not solely national significance. Leaders from a number of historical epochs were selected, and the editor has also included material on outstanding women leaders. Leaders who had captured the world's imagination (Shaka), or who had profoundly affected the modern period (Kwame Nkrumah) have also been represented. With one exception (Nelson Mandela), the individuals described are no longer living, to ensure that time warrants a consensus about their significance.
The Black Valhalla: An Introduction - Ivan Van Sertima Acknowledgements GREAT BLACK LEADERS OF AMERICA.
Martin Luther King Jr. and the Promise of Non-Violent Populism — David Levering Lewis The Essence of King's True Greatness - Wendell Charles Beane Malcolm X - From Detroit Red to Mecca The Evolution of a Black leader's Vision from Separation to Third World liberation - Clifton E. Marsh.
Rescuing the Historical Legacy of Malcolm X - Oba T'Shaka Frederick Douglass: Forerunner of Africa-American Leaders - Mamadi Chinyelu GREAT BLACK LEADERS OF AFRICA.
Ancient Egyptian Blacks. Black Roots of Egypt's Glory - Charles S. Finch Black Rulers of the Golden Age — Legrand Clegg II Hatshepsut: The Female Horus — Danita Redd Tiye: Nubian Queen of Egypt — Virginia Simon Imhotep the Physician: Archetype of the Great Man - Charles S. Finch Ramses the Great: Life and Times of a Bold Black Egyptian King - Runoko Rashidi.
AFRICAN MILITARY GENIUSES. African Military Genuises. Shaka the Great: Warrior-King and Founder of the Zulu Nation - Mazisi Kunene; Hannibal: Nemesis of Rome - Wayne B. Chandler African Revolutionary Leaders of the Colonial Era. Kwame Nkrumah: The Man and his World - Selwyn R. Cudjoe Nelson Mandela: The Symbol of our Struggle - Hunt Davis, Jr.
Nzingha, The Warrior Queen - John Henrik Clarke GREAT BLACK LEADERS OF THE CARIBBEAN.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey - James G. Spady An Open Letter to Toussaint L'Ouverture of the San Domingo Revolution.
Biographical Notes on Contributors.