African Heroes

African Heroes

by Jim Haskins


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African Heroes by Jim Haskins

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471466727
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/14/2005
Series: Black Stars Series , #8
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 7.84(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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.

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