Wednesday 6 March 2013

Ishe Komborera Africa

Library staff travelled down to Oxford last night for the launch of Terence Ranger's book Writing Revolt: An Engagement with African Nationalism 1957-67. The book is dedicated to the memory of John Reed, whose diaries the Library has recently acquired. Ranger's book makes extensive reference to Reed's diaries - which are an important record of the African Liberation movement in Zimbabwe in the 1950s and 60s - and in his Preface he states: 'it will be obvious to any readers of this book how much I owe to John Reed ... John's generosity in making his daily diary available to me has been an enormous source of strength for this book'.

The Librarian reports that the evening's highlight was a wonderfully rousing rendition of African Liberation songs by a Zimbabwean choir: