AFRICA, LAND OF MY FATHERS by Era Bell Thompson

AFRICA, LAND OF MY FATHERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A junket through all of Africa by the editor of Ebony, who was out to see how her brethren were faring after a three hundred year absence from her motherland. She talked to all sorts of people, from President Tubman of Liberia, the Oni of Ife in the Garden of Eden, and Kwame Nkrumah of the Gold Coast, to fellow passengers on trains and planes. She took notes through the Belgian Congo, visited Ruanda Urundi where the aristocratic Watutsi nate their servants the Bahutu, bravely sallied into Johannesburg, was prohibited from entering Zanzibar and managed to make Kenya. Even Ethiopia provided surprises. A determined travelogue which seeks out the place of the black African in a continent where Asian and European Interests compel consideration, this has a special appeal in its seeking of the relationship between the American and African Negro, the acceptance of a heritage while gaining further sense of being American.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1954
Publisher: Doubleday