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January 22, 2021
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Notes for an African World Revolution: Africans at the Crossroads

African World Revolution: Africans at the Crossroads is a collection of essays that have been broadly amassed in five thematic sections. Clarke begins with the roots of the African and African-American freedom struggle in the African world.  Clarke begins with the roots of the African and  African American freedom struggle in the African world. A major discussion is devoted to a detailed discussion of the “uncompleted revolution” of five monumental African leaders: Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Tom Mboya. The rest of the essays focus on topics ranging from the conquest of Africa to the struggles for freedom in South Africa and the Pan-Africanist movement. Clarke ends his collection with an important and timely essay “Can African People save Themselves?”

From, The Introduction

“The well-known African American poet Countee Cullen began his famous poem “Heritage” with the question, “What is Africa to me?” In this book of political essays, I have expanded the question by asking, “What is Africa to Africans, and what is Africa to the world?” …All mankind has met African people at the crossroads of history at one time or another. The greater portion of the Roman Empire rose and fell in Africa. In the early persecution of Christians, more Africans were killed in the amphitheaters of North Africa than in Roman arenas. Because African history, political or otherwise, has been seen mainly through the eyes of conquerors, missionaries, and adventurers, whose interpretation of Africa and its people in most cases is a kind of sick fantasy, it is time that Africans tell their own African story. In looking at African history from the African-centric point of view, my honest attempt is to correct some of the prevailing misconceptions about Africa and its people in order to see the global significance of Africa. It must be remembered that more than one-half of human history had occurred before the people now referred to as Europeans played any significant part in the shaping of world history.”

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