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This book celebrates the life of 17 Black leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the liberation, unity and solidarity of Africa and African peoples throughout the world. Inspired by the Pan-Africanists portfolio, a series of oil paintings by artist Barrington Watson, author Dudley Thompson presents the reader with succinct biographies each illustrated in full colour by a portrait in oil. Included among the biographies are Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. Dubois, Marcus Garvey, George Padmore, C.L.R. James, Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta, Haile Selassie, Paul Robeson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jnr., Muhammad Ali, Patrice Lumumba, Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela. This is both an art book and an important reference work for young readers throughout Africa and the Diaspora.. Barrington Watson is one of Jamaicas leading artists. He is the author of Shades of Grey, a collection of autobiographical stories illustrated with his own paintings.