Most Americans see Africa through the eyes of explorers or exploiters, academics, politicians, or film producers. Now, Cedric Mayson shows us Africa as it is--its spirit, its values, its soul. He traces the evolution of the "cradle of civilization" from the beginning of time to the time of President Barack Obama.
Why Africa Matters shows the ways in which African history, peoples, and culture have contributed and continue to contribute to the West. Readers will come to appreciate Africa in a new way and see themselves and Africans as interconnected and vitally important to each other in a changing world.
Why Africa Matters reveals a breathtaking as well as heartbreaking continent whose peoples possess both tremendous gifts and an indomitable spirit.
Cedric Mayson is the director of the Commission on Religious Affairs for the African National Congress, Johannesburg, South Africa. A Methodist minister, he was an active participant in the religious resistance to apartheid and at one point was exiled in England. He is a popular lecturer at major conferences throughout the world.