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Malik Stan Reaves participated in the anti-colonial/anti-Apartheid movements of the '70s and '80s as an activist and journalist. As a member of the Southern Africa Committee, he wrote for and helped publish Southern Africa magazine, the monthly periodical that chronicled the freedom struggles of Southern Africa from the mid-'60s to 1983. He also helped edit Return to the Source, selected speeches and writings of Amilcar Cabral, leader of the liberation movement of the first Portuguese colony in Africa to declare its independence. Reaves lived in Nairobi, Kenya during 1980-81 on assignment from The United Methodist Church. While there, he worked as an editor and correspondent for the All Africa Press Service, a professional news service funded and supported by African and Western Protestant churches. He has visited Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and a dozen other countries in southern, central, and western Africa.
A native of Newark, NJ, Reaves is an alumnus of Cornell University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
on Oct. 23, 2013 :
This is a must read book for any collector of Africa and the U.S. relations. It is a well thought out and smart detailing of events during the 60's and 70's. I would recommened this book to everyone.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
on Feb. 02, 2013 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this overview of the struggle for freedom in Africa and in the U.S. and how the author tied the two together.
There were moments where the writing was wonderfully active, such as the opening scene and the electrical towers or the scenes of struggles at "Darrone" college and the surrounding community. And I especially enjoyed the character of "Marcos," a man between two worlds who tied the various events together. I had a hazy understanding of the events in Southern Africa during the 60s and 70s; this book helped to bring these events to light.
This is a good book to explain the growing awareness of nationalism (I can't actually think of the right word, but it's the sense of knowing who you are and your place in your family and your own people) in Africa, and to also give greater understanding of African-Americans to gain their rightful access in America.
The writing shows great skill and mastery of plotting and exposition.
A good, solid book.
(reviewed 76 days after purchase)