Global Read Webinar Series - The Mzungu Boy

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    Children's Africana Book Award Webinar with

Meja Mwangi, author of The Mzungu Boy

Took place on May 17, 2018 * 7:00 -8:15 pm EST

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About the Book

The novel explores the nature and brutality of British colonialism in Kenya during the "Mau-Mau" rebellion in the 1950s.

"The novel is set in the early 1950s as the MauMau movement was gathering strength in the "White" Highlands. When the boy Kariuki meets "mzungu" (white guy), the grandson of the plantation owner, the story takes off. As the boys become closer friends, their surrounding world becomes more fearful and violent. Still, the two boys try to have fun together and understand each other's strange ways. .... Readers will learn much about the nature and brutality of colonialism from this novel and its effect on ordinary people." (Barbara Brown)

Free copies of The Mzungu Boy are available at the Center for African Studies, Howard University 2218- 6th Strreet, NW Washington, DC 202.250.7315 (copies limited).

About the Webinar

Moderator: Wambui Githiora-Updike, Ed.D.- retired teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and author of Wanjira, a Novel 

Once a month, the World Area Book Awards, [Américas Award, Middle East Book Award, South Asia Book Award, and Children's Africana Book  Award/CABA] sponsor a 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. The spring Global Read Webinar Reading Across Culture series focuses on social justice. We encourage you to read the books with your colleagues, students, and community, and then join us to hear more from the author.

The Children's Africana Book Award is sponsored by the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association.