Inspiring stories of the greatest heroes of Africa, from Imhotep to Nelson Mandela This lively collection of profiles brings African heroes to life for young readers. It features fascinating stories of the heroes of ancient Africa (including Hatshepsut, the first woman to rule Egypt), of the empire-building era (including Yusuf, an Almoravid Muslim who established the city of Marrakesh in Morocco), of the struggle against European incursion (including Nzingha, queen of Angola, who fought several wars against the Portuguese), and of the twentieth century (including Haile Selassie, King of Ethiopia, who modernized the country and championed the decolonization of Africa). Jim Haskins (New York, NY) has written more than 100 nonfiction books for young readers. He is a Professor of English at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and winner of numerous awards, including The Washington Post Children's Book Guild Award and the Coretta Scott King Book Award.
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.
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.