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Drew Thompson

Angolan opponent of Portuguese colonialism, originally named Deolinda Rodrigues Francisco de Almeida, was born in 1939 in Cateste, Angola, near Luanda. She was the cousin of Agostinho Neto.

The product of a missionary education and the recipient of a Methodist church scholarship, she traveled to São Paulo, Brazil, in 1959, where she studied sociology. Shortly after her arrival, Portugal and Brazil established a treaty that permitted Portugal to extradite individuals deemed subversive or threatening to the stability of the Portuguese state and its colonies. Fearing arrest for her political activities and views, Rodrigues sought asylum in the United States and continued her studies at Drew University in New Jersey. She returned to Angola in 1962 and joined the Angolan Volunteer Corps for Refugee Assistance in Leopoldville Congo later to become the organization s secretary She was an active member of the People s Movement for the Liberation of ...

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Shane Graham

justice on the South African Constitutional Court, attorney and legal scholar, author, cultural critic, and human rights activist, was born 30 January 1935 in Johannesburg. The older of two sons born to Emil “Solly” Sachs, a trade union leader, and Ray Ginsberg, his full name was Albert Louis Sachs. Both of his parents were associated with the Communist Party in the 1920s; as Sachs wrote in his 1966 book The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs he grew up in a political home a home of books of ideas and of stimulating people His parents separated when he was young his father stayed in Johannesburg while Albie and his mother moved to Cape Town where she worked as secretary to Moses Kotane a leader of both the Communist Party and the African National Congress ANC Sachs attended South African College Schools an exclusive institution in Cape Town from which he ...

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Jessica Falconi

Angolan writer and politician, was born Agostinho André Mendes de Carvalho on 29 August 1924, in the fortified village of Calomboloca, Bengo, in the current province of Bengo, to the east of the capital, Luanda. As he declared, his Kimbundu name was not his pseudonym, but the name by which he was known in his home; it signified “power is odious.”

In the rural areas of Ícolo and Bengo fifty miles eighty kilometers from Luanda he attended primary school to the fourth class at a Methodist missionary school before moving to Luanda There he continued his schooling with the Methodist missionaries who at that time were influential in training future Angolan nationalists such as Agostinho Neto with whom Uanhenga Xitu established a friendship when they boarded together at the mission In Luanda he also took a nursing course He first began to practice his profession as a nurse in ...