Black Livingstone: A True Tale

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n 1890 a twenty-four-year-old African American missionary named William Henry Sheppard departed for what was then the Belgian Congo, where for more than twenty years he ran a mission staffed by black Americans. Returning to America periodically, he was billed as the "Black Livingstone" and traveled the country telling tales of his adventures to packed auditoriums. An anthropologist, photographer, big-game hunter, and art collector, he helped expose the atrocities that occurred under the reign of King Leopold, eventually helping to break Belgium's hold on the Congo. "Black Livingstone" is the untold story of this extraordinary historical figure, a remarkable man who personified the adventure and ambiguities of his time.

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A compelling account of William Henry Sheppard, an African-American missionary who traveled to the Belgian Congo in 1890 and became known as Black Livingstone due to his many lectures across the country detailing his adventures, reveals how he found the power to fight the persecution of Africans

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Pagan Kennedy is a writer and a pioneer of the 1990s zine movement. She is the author of 10 books, is a regular contributor to the "Boston Globe," and has published articles in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including "Boston Magazine" and the "New York Times." She has served as a visiting professor of creative writing at Dartmouth College and has taught writing at Boston College and Johns Hopkins University. She is currently the design columnist for the "New York Times Magazine." She lives in Boston.

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