Kwame Nkrumah: African Liberator, No. 3, 1972
SHIRLEY GRAHAM DU BOIS
Shirley Graham Du Bois was a children's book author, composer, and activist. Following Kwame Nkrumah's death, she wrote this appreciation of the accomplishments of Dr. Nkrumah for Freedomways.
Whatever Ghana is today, or will be tomorrow, is because of the vision, determination, courage and hard work of Kwame Nkrumah, who led the British Gold Coast Colony out of colonialism, took back the name of the ancient West African kingdom, and founded the Republic of Ghana. Now, at last, two months after his death, the body of this great African Liberator and Statesman is going home for burial. According to a communiqué issued June 15, President Sekou Touré, who has protected and honored Kwame Nkrumah in death as he had protected and cherished him in life, has consented to let the body leave Guinea where, surrounded with an honor guard, it lay in state. Thousands of white-robed mourners had filed past, after which the Guineans went on to console those faithful and loyal Ghanaians who had remained with their President throughout his long and painful exile.