Voices of Protest

Liberia on the Edge, 1974-1980

by H. Boima Fahnbulleh

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Synopsis

Voices of Protest: Liberia on the Edge, 1974-1980 is a compilation of writings and speeches of Liberians who were in the forefront of the struggle for democratic change in their country during the period leading up to the military coup of 1980 that changed the course of Africa's oldest Republic. The writings and speeches show the sentiments of the people as they confronted a ruling group which had held power for over a century and was unwilling to carry out meaningful transformation that would meet the aspirations of the majority of the citizens. These writings and speeches are historical source materials that will give another perspective to the political agitation that sought an alternative to the stagnation in the country before the military intervened to stop the democratic momentum.

About The Author

H.Boima Fahnbulleh was born in 1949 and educated in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Kenya and the United States. He graduated from Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone after reading philosophy, politics and history. He took a graduate degree in politics at Howard University and finished his education at The George Washington University in Washington,D.C. where he earned a doctorate in political philosophy and international politics.

He has lectured at the University of Liberia and also served as minister of education and foreign affairs of Liberia between 1978 and 1983. He lived in exile in Africa and Europe from 1983 to 1990 and from 1997 to the present. He has written and lectured extensively on Liberian politics over the years.

He lives in London with his family.