Patrice Lumumba: Africa’s Lost Leader


Patrice Lumumba (1925-61) is perhaps the most famous leader of the African independence movement. After his execution in 1961, when he had been prime minister of the newly-liberated Congo for only seven months, he became an icon of anti-imperialist struggle. As the news came out, his picture was brandished in demonstrations in capitals around the world, along with Che Guevara and Mao Zedong. His life and the independence that he sought for the Congo made him a pivotal figure of the 20th century, highlighting ongoing Western colonialism and the problematic nature of the independence granted to huge swathes of the globe after 1945. In this book, revised and updated to include new thinking on the Congo crisis and incorporating material recently released from British intelligence archives, Leo Zeilig tells the story of the Congo in the dying days of colonialism, and of Lumumba’s transition from nationalist to revolutionary to international symbol of African liberation.

6 thoughts on “Patrice Lumumba: Africa’s Lost Leader

    • Yes I agree. Lumumba truly loved his people. It still surprises me that many black people don’t know him. That’s why I did a post on him a few months ago. It’s really sad that so many of our people are not familiar with our real heroes. Yet they know all about these foolish celebs in the media.

      • Yes that’s sad but true. I have over 200 books in my library and only a few written by whites and Asians. I remember Amos Wilson saying in a lecture that we should read books by whites. He said sometimes we can learn useful information from them. He was basically saying that not all books written by whites are trying to deceive blacks and many are not written with us in mind. I guess he was saying that many books whites are communicating with each other and when we read them it’s sort of like eavesdropping.

      • Whites genetically look at Blacks as stupid. They assume Blacks are consumed by hip hop and sports and would never think to read. So you can put information and plan site and the African will never get it.

      • Yeah I think that’s how they view us for the most part. I remember that joke Chris Rock said years ago. If you want to hide something from a black person…put it in a book.

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