African Cultures and History
Learn about the varied cultures, histories, and politics of over 1 billion people across the African continent's 50+ countries.
The Scramble for Africa
This informational text explains the origins and impact of the European and American colonization of Africa that took place during the late 19th and 20th centuries.
A Kenyan Teen’s Discovery: Let There Be Lights To Save Lions
A resourceful teenager in Kenya is honored for his solution to the country’s lion problem.
Salt Worth its Weight in Gold
The Kingdom of Ghana was a wealthy medieval African civilization that traded gold for salt.
West African Society at the Point of European Contact
A summary of West African culture before the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade.
A Quest for Change in the Middle East
This article discusses the history and context of modern social unrest and activism in the Middle East, particularly in the period known as the Arab Spring.
President Clinton’s Remarks in Kigali on the Rwandan Genocide
President Bill Clinton
President Clinton reflects on the 1994 Rwandan genocide and what must be done to repair Rwanda and prevent future genocides.
Developing Civilization in Ancient Egypt
This article explains how ancient Egyptians developed a complex civilization that would last for thousands of years.
The Danger of a Single Story
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the impact stories can have in constructing our understanding of the world and people.
Dark History Of Rwanda's Genocide
This interview with Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo explores how Rwanda is moving on from its history with genocide.
The Leaders Who Ruined Africa and the Generation Who Can Fix It
In this TED Talk, Fred Swaniker discusses leadership in Africa and his hopes for future leaders.
Nelson Mandela's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture
Nelson Mandela receives the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and discusses his work ending South Africa’s system of segregation.
South African Apartheid
South Africa’s racist policy of “apartheid” was used to separate and discriminate against non-white South Africans.
Once Upon a Time
A family in South Africa tries to protect their home from intruders and live happily ever after.
Key Black Leader Turns 60 On South Africa Prison Isle
John F. Burns
John F. Burns discusses Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island for his actions against South Africa’s government.
Nearly 1 Million South Sudanese Refugees In Uganda
Scott Simon interviews Noah Gottschalk about South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Uganda.
The World’s Largest Refugee Camp Looks Like A Slum/Star Wars Mashup
Ari Shapiro interviews Ben Rawlence about the experiences of Somali refugees in Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world.
The Roof of Leaves
Donna L. Washington
A husband and wife have a fight and must act quickly to save their marriage.
The Talking Skull
Donna L. Washington
In this fable, a man finds a talking skull and wishes to show his village.
War in Sudan
Jessica McBirney introduces the causes and effects of armed conflicts that go back decades in present-day Sudan and South Sudan.