Africa's Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent
By: Adekeye Adebajo (editor)Paperback
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As Africa and its diaspora commemorate fifty years of post-independence Pan-Africanism, this unique volume provides profound insight into the thirteen prominent individuals of African descent who have won the Nobel Peace Prize since 1950.
From the first American president of African descent, Barack Obama, whose career was inspired by the civil rights and anti-apartheid struggles promoted by fellow Nobel Peace laureates Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Luthuli; to influential figures in peacemaking such as Ralph Bunche, Anwar Sadat, Kofi Annan, and F.W. De Klerk; as well as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, Wangari Maathai, and Mohamed El-Baradei, who have been variously involved in women's rights, environmental protection, and nuclear disarmament, Africa's Peacemakers reveals how this remarkable collection of individuals have changed the world - for better or worse.
Dr. Adekeye Adebajo has been Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa, since 2003. He previously served as Director of the Africa Programme of the New York-based International Peace Institute, when he was also an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He also served on United Nations missions in South Africa, Western Sahara, and Iraq. He obtained his doctorate from Oxford University in England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of four books, and the editor or co-editor of a further seven.
Part I: Introduction1. Obama's Nobel Ancestors: From Bunche to Barack and Beyond - Adekeye Adebajo2. Barack Obama: Between Racial Compatriots and Nobel Ancestors - Ali A. MazruiPart II: The Three African-Americans3. Ralph Bunche: The Scholar-Diplomat - James Jonah4. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Great Provocateur - Lee A. Daniels5. Ralph Bunche, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama: Three African-American Nobel Laureates Debate War and Peace - Pearl RobinsonPart III: The Four South Africans6. Albert Luthuli: The African Moses - Chris Saunders7. Desmond Tutu: The Wounded Healer - Maureen Isaacson8. Nelson Mandela: The Oratory of the Black Pimpernel - Elleke Boehmer9. Frederik Willem de Klerk: The Pragmatic Peacemaker - Gregory HoustonPart IV: The Two Egyptians10. Anwar Sadat: The Tragic Peacemaker - Boutros Boutros-Ghali11. Mohamed El-Baradei: The Rocket Man - Morad Abou-SabePart V: The Kenyan and the Ghanaian12. Wangari Maathai: The Earth Mother - Janice Golding13. Kofi Annan: The Soft-Spoken Prophet - Gwendolyn MikellPart VI: The Two Liberians14. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: The Iron Lady - Adekeye Adebajo15. Leymah Gbowee: The Prayerful Peace Warrior - Rosaline Daniel
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