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Reading Books That Scare You – BEDA Day 8 of 31

Reading Books That Scare You

BEDA Day 8 of 31


I dont feel like doing anything today….. So, today’s post is a snapshot of one of the piles of books i have in my room.

I regularly spend too much money buying used amazon books. Its an addiction. And I claim it! Because one day im going to turn around and be so amped at my library.

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Hopefully you can see all of the titles on there.

Theres a little Kwame Nkrumah I profiled him a few weeks ago here. Kwame was the first Prime Minister of present-day Ghana.

Theres some Asa Hilliard and Amos Wilson. Both great reads if you’re looking for information about… Black Liberation, Historical shifts in African/Negro/Black/African American communities, cultural anthropology, racism and institutions.

This stack is made up mostly from books that I’ve bought this year. The bottom few are older grabs.

I pulled out a fews that the side binding didn’t show.



I’ve long wanted to do a series on books that challenged my mind so much they actually scared me. I think its important to connect with ideas, theories, arguments, and points of view that FORCE us to engage in critical analysis of the ways our culture has formed the ways we think and operate. I know I have a couple of titles that do that for me.


The title here is enough. Afrikan People and European Holidays: Mental Genocide by Ishakamusa Barashango. It helped me again see some of my behaviors as implicit actions that imposed a dominant culture. Like really, take a second and think about why you’ve worshipped a White Santa Clause figure from early childhood? Many adults don’t even recognize how easily we fall prey to forced cultural and social activities. I haven’t read this book yet. But again the title thus far has been enough to help me already start questioning behaviors that I have that may perhaps go against my ideals and thoughts of the world.

I saw these two books and had to give them their own spotlight. I’ve only read portions of Dr. Frances Cress Welsings The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors. In many of her speeches she references The United Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept by Neely Fuller, Jr. Which I own, but have yet to crack open. Out of all of my books it’s kinda interesting that these 3 were in this one pile. I would say they’re probably the 3 books I’m most resistant to really sit down and read out of my whole collection.


What books have you come across that made you scared to read? If you haven’t come by any titles yet maybe you can find a nice one in one of the many titles listed above.

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Spotlight: Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Spotlight: Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

(September 18, 1909 – April 27, 1972)

Title: Africa’s black star – the rise and fall of Kwame Nkrumah

These are my notes from the documentary linked above. My aimto spread the knowledge I’ve gained.

Nkrumah was inspired by Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chopin Hower, Karl Marx, and Marcus GarveyPhilosophies and Opinions of Marcus Garvey

Nkrumah was instrumental in starting the African Interpreter publication. With the help of CLR James, born in Trinidad, Nkrumah defended African liberation via socialism. CLR introduced Nkrumah to George Padmore.

Nkrumah was under CIA surveillance. Padmore & W.E.B Dubois were in the forefront of the anti-colonial struggle. J. B. Danquah, founder of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC). Nkrumah developed the Convention People’s Party (CPP) 1949.

Nkrumah spent 14 months in prison (James Fort Prison) where he letters on toilet paper that were smuggled out of prison and shared with his right hand lieutenant. On March 6, 1957 Kwame Nkrumah became first leader of former Gold Coast state (Present day Ghana). Nkrumah changed the name of his new territory in honor of historic Ghanaian Empire of 5 centuries earlier.  Nkrumah became known as “Osagyefo” which means savior.

“Thought without action is empty, action without thought is blind”

Akosombo_Dam_is_spilling_water,_GhanaNkrumah’s first order was to build a unify a nation where people saw themselves as Ghanian, instead of just being their traditional tribal kingdoms. One of the first orders was to invest in Ghanian infrastructure, roads, bridges, schools. Fee-free and compulsory education was made available for Ghanian children. Akosombo Dam funding challenges sparked by the Cold War battles of the United States vs. then Soviet Union.

Nkrumah organized the All African People’s Conference of 1958. Here all liberation movements in African developed strategies together to overthrow continental colonialism.

Eventually CPP (Convention People’s Party) corruption and trading declines began to hurt national security within Ghana. Nkrumah’s life was threatened often by assassination attempts in the 1960’s. The Preventative Detention Act as used to help quell political opposition and corruption within Ghanian citizens.

Ghana-1Due to declining domestic economics, perceived interference in army and military administration, Nkrumah developed a private presidential security team. External interference by American, British, and French officials in support of numerous coup efforts wore down Nkrumah’s reign.

Nkrumah tried to warn the new Africa about Neo-colonialism, the last stage of imperialism (plan the western world was going to use to recolonize Africa). Ghana fell to a military coup while Nkrumah was out the the country attending an invitation by North Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh. Nkrumah felt the coup in Ghana was the beginning of the downfall of the African Continent. Nkrumah later sough asylum in Guniea where he became co-president and produced a lot of his written works.Untitled

Written Works:
Dark days in Ghana
Voice from Conakry
The Struggle Continues
Class Struggles in Africa
Africa Must Unite

On April 27, 1972 Nkrumah died due to complications from prostate cancer.