This book makes a unique contribution to the literature on Pan-Africanism by providing biographical essays of major Pan-African figures, both well-known and less known. In so doing, it analyses Pan-Africanism as a school of thought, and connects this intellectual thinking to the lived experiences of those who practiced and promoted such a world view.
It covers well known Pan-Africanists such as W.E.B. Du Bois, George Padmore, Kwame Nkrumah and Frantz Fanon as well as well-known figures not typically identified with Pan-Africanism in the mainstream, including Maya Angelou, Mariama Ba and Chimamanda Adichie. The book also covers other areas such as the history of Pan-Africanism and the quest for reparations, pioneers, politicians and activists of Pan-Africanism, and Pan-Africanism in the humanities and social sciences, making it a great introductory reader for those interested in the subject.
The book chapters are short, concise and easy to read. The authors are engaging, and cover both historical and contemporary topics of interest to a wide audience, including university students. Attention has been directed at inclusive geographical and gender representation.