Ten African Heroes: The Sweep of Independence in Black Africa

By Margaret Badum Melady


Up close and personal, this book takes a look at African leaders who ignited independence in Black Africa during the 1960s through the eyes of two American forerunners who knew them well. Thomas Melady, a legendary diplomat, went with his wife Margaret to Africa as a young man to serve others and found himself involved with leaders who would change the face of the continent. Everyone interested in the history, politics, and religion of this great continent will enjoy their journeys.

Amb. Melady is an authority on Sub-Saharan Africa and Balkan Affairs and earned his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.  He currently serves as Senior Diplomat in Residence at The Institute of World Politics.

Dr. Margaret Melady is currently President of Melady Associates, a firm specializing in public affairs and educational counseling.

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"The way forward for Africa - its future - is best read in the vision of the heroes who won its freedom.  Ten African Heroes opens a window on the lives and minds of these founders and framers.  A brilliant and poignant book."
- Stephen S. Schneck, Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America

"This volume traces the lives and influences not just of these ten chosen African statesmen, but the Meladys themselves in their thoughtful presentation reveal that they, too, also played a not insignificant role in this drama of history.  This makes their story even more interesting."
- Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington

"The Meladys bear witness to a turbulent and transitional time in Africa's history, and show how the faith and values of ten ordinary men who exemplified extraordinary courage, conviction and vision, would transform a continent."
- Michael Steele, Chairman, Republican National Committeee

"With insight that can only be achieved through first-hand experience, Ambassador and Dr. Melady capture the influence of these visionary leaders during this seminal time in African history."
- John DeGioia, President, Georgetown University

"In their many faceted roles on the international front, the Meladys demonstrate the importance of forging friends - soft diplomacy at its best."
- Diana Davis Spencer, The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation

"A valuable and insightful account.  Their emphasis on the role that Christianity played in shaping the views and actions of these men as they chartered a non-violent course for independence is particularly important, because it holds useful lessons for those who are engaged in conflicts today."
- Charles Dougherty, President, Duquesne University

 "Ambassador and Dr. Melady give us an intriguing account of African leadership during a time of turmoil and intense ideological struggle. A treasure trove of biographical information, Ten African Heroes also underscores the central role of Christianity and faith within the context of nation-building on a volatile continent. A fascinating and educational book, which contributes in a unique way to the literature on African politics!"
- Gary L. Rose, Professor and Chair, Department of Government and Politics, Sacred Heart University

"Ten African Heroes influenced by religion share a vision of self rule and independence for their countries. Ambassador and Dr. Melady reveal how their personal commitment and friendships influenced Africa's independence movement.
- Ambassador Z. Wos, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia