Patrice Lumumba is perhaps the most famous leader of the African independence movement. After his murder in 1961, he became an icon of anti-imperialist struggle. His picture was brandished on demonstrations in the 1960s across the world along with Che Guevara and Ho Chi Minh.
Leo Zeilig co-ordinated the Independent Media Centre in Zimbabwe during the Presidential Elections of 2002 and, prior to this, worked as a lecturer at Universite Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre of Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg. He has written on the struggle for democratic change, social movements and student activism in sub-Saharan Africa, edited Struggle and Resisitance in Africa (2002) and co-authored The Congo: Plunder and Resistance 1880-2005 (2006).