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Kinship: A Family's Journey in Africa and America Paperback – August 1, 2000
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The first thing that came up was "Philippe Wamba Obituary"
Philippe uses his life and families experiences living on both Continents to explore Pan-Africanism, it's history and much more. What do Africans think of Black Americans and viceversa. What are their hopes and expectations of each other and their future together. Their mistrusts and fears.
Philippe always was disappointed by Black Americans and specifically Black American college students (he attended Harvard) lack of interest in Africa and the Pan-African movement. But repeatedly gives examples of how Black Americans are still discriminated against in the US. And how difficult it is. Paralyzed by the poison of prejudice, which taints all. So it seems to me he keeps answering his own question of why aren't the US Blacks motivated. Because they still are fighting their own battles here and now. I'm sure the last thing on the mind of a Black American student at Harvard is Africa. His priority during those years is to himself, and rightly so.
Wamba also gets into their music, religion, politics.
Highly recommended reading. Well written.
Atlantic slave trade
"Most slaves were shipped from West Africa and Central Africa and taken to the New World (primarily Brazil ). Generally slaves were obtained through coastal trading with Africans, though some were captured by European slave traders through raids and kidnapping."
1. Thomas, Hugh.The Slave Trade. Simon and Schuster, 1997.
2. King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. Houghton Mifflin Books. ISBN 0618001905.
3. Klein, Herbert S. and Jacob Klein. The Atlantic Slave Trade. Cambridge University Press, 1999. pp. 103-139.