Airlift to America

Airlift to America

How Barack Obama, Sr., John F. Kennedy, Tom Mboya, and 800 East African Students Changed Their World and Ours

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Describes how a brave group of individuals helped fly East African men and women, including the forty-fourth president's father and a future Nobel Prize winner, to schools in North America, an international transport effort that influenced presidential politics. 40,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

This is the long-hidden saga of how a handful of Americans and East Africans fought the British colonial government, the U.S. State Department, and segregation to transport to, or support at, U.S. and Canadian universities, between 1959 and 1963, nearly 800 young East African men and women who would go on to change their world and ours. The students supported included Barack Obama Sr., future father of a U.S. president, Wangari Maathai, future Nobel Peace Prize laureate, as well as the nation-builders of post-colonial East Africa -- cabinet ministers, ambassadors, university chancellors, clinic and school founders.

The airlift was conceived by the unusual partnership of the charismatic, later-assassinated Kenyan Tom Mboya and William X. Scheinman, a young American entrepreneur, with supporting roles played by Jackie Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The airlift even had an impact on the 1960 presidential race, as Vice-President Richard Nixon tried to muscle the State Department into funding the project to prevent Senator Jack Kennedy from using his family foundation to do so and reaping the political benefit.

The book is based on the files of the airlift's sponsor, the African American Students Foundation, untouched for almost fifty years.



Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312570750
0312570759
Branch Call Number: 378.1982 SHA
Characteristics: x, 273 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. 22 cm

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