TransAfrica Reader's Corner: African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions

The next regular meeting of TransAfrica’s Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library Readers’ Corner will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2012 2:30 to 4:30 PM, featuring African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions, edited by Firoze ManjiSokari Ekine (2011, Fahamu Books and Pambazuka Press). NOTE VENUE CHANGE.

Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, Room 221, Washington, DC 20001-4531, (Nearest Metro Station: Gallery Place on the Red Line).

Publisher's Description: An insightful and comprehensive collection of essays on the year’s events, African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions offers in-the-moment comment and analysis as well as informed reflection on the 2011 African uprisings. While the tumultuous uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya have seized the attention of media analysts, the concurrent rebellions in Benin, Gabon, Senegal, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, and in other parts of the African continent have gone virtually unnoticed. Arguing that these disturbances are the result of decades of declining living standards, mass unemployment, land dispossessions, and impoverishment of the majority, this account provides an overview of the struggle for democratization, which constitutes a reawakening of the spirit of freedom and justice for all.

The book's contributing authors include: Charles Abugre, Essam Al-Amin, Massan d'Almeida, Samir Amin, Patrick Bond, Horace Campbell, Lila Chouli, Sokari Ekine, Hassan El Ghayesh, Lakhdar Ghettas, Nigel C. Gibson, Adam Hanieh, Konstantina Isidoros, Peter Kenworthy, Sadri Khiari, Mahmood Mamdani, Firoze Manji, Imad Mesdoua, Fatma Naib, Explo Nani-Kofi, J. Oloka-Onyango, Richard Pithouse, Jean-Paul Pougala, Khadija Sharife, Yash Tandon, Melakou Tegegn, Kah Walla.

The Editors: Sokari Ekine is an activist and the writer of the award-winning blog, Black Looks. She is the author of Grace, Tenacity and Eloquence: The Struggle for Women's Rights in Africaand SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in AfricaFiroze Manji is the founder and former executive director of Fahamu and the editor of Pambazuka News. He is also the former program director for the International Secretariat of Amnesty International and the former CEO for the Aga Khan Foundation UK. He is the author of African Voices on Development and Social Justice andChina's New Role in Africa and the South: A Search for a New Perspective.

The book will be available from Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets at 2021 14th St. NW, Washington, DC (two blocks from the Cardozo/U Street Metro) and online at Contact: General Manager 202.387.POET.

For more information: or or 202.223.1960 ext. 137