Edited by Dr. S. Okechukwu Mezu & Dr. Ram Desai

While it is true that distance and age glorify lives and lives and figures, it is equally visible that propinquity, historical and geographical,, has a way of magnifying the importance of individuals that history and age will reconsider and see in another perspective.

No effort was made to present an encyclopedia of black leaders. The approach, in fact, is analytical rather than encyclopedic. Of primary concern was to identify those leaders (an seveal they were, are, and will be) whose actions, ideas and ideals have moved the centruies and changed or influenced the destiny of the black world; to identify those leaders whose philosophies have gone beyond their countries, continents, islands; beyond their immediate geographical location and/or confinement and have caused a change of mind, a change of heart or even orientation amongst black people elsewhere and even the world at large.

Black Leaders of the Centuries is the begining rather than the end, introductory rather than definitive, philosophical rather than descriptive. Contributors, each a specialist in his field, ahve been called upon to present in an analytical fashion the lives, works and philosophies of the leaders in question.
Bibliographical indications draw the more investigative reader to other primary sources. Divided into eighteen convenient chapters for classroom use and one semester courses.


1. Origins of Distinguished Negroes, 1770- 1865, Richard Bardolph
2.Militant Abolitionists, Herbert Aptheker.
3. The Triumph of Nationalism, Robert I. Rotberg.
4. The Civil Rights Movement, 1900-1965, Kenneth B. Clark.

Ideas and Philosophies
5. Edward Wilmot Blyden: Pioneer West African Nationalist, Hollis Lynch.
6. William E. B. Du Bois: Scientist and Public Figure, L. Hanga Golden, OV Melikian.
7. Booker T. Washington, Emma L. Thornbrough.
8. Marcus Garvey and African Nationalism, Jabez Ayodele Langley.
9. Blaise Diagne and Lamine Gueye, Irving L. Markovitz.
10. Jean Price-Mars: The Father of Haitianism, Leon Gontron Damas.
11. Nnamdi Azikiwe: The Man and His Ideas, Edward H. Schiller.
12. Kwame Nkrumah: The Leninist Czar, Ali Mazrui.
13. Franz Fanon: The Myth and Reality of the Negro, Gonsalv Mainberger.
14. Malcolm Z: The Age of Guns & Rhetoric, John Illo.
15. The Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr., James A. Miller.

16. African Independence: 1960 – 1995, S. Okechukwu Mezu
17. Civil Rights Movement: 1966 – 1996