John Marcum was an Africanist scholar and political historian who published extensively on post-colonial southern Africa,
especially Angola, Mozambique, and South Africa. Marcum was also involved with education and study abroad programs both in
Africa and elsewhere.
John Arthur Marcum (1927-2013) was an Africanist scholar and UC Santa Cruz professor emeritus of politics. Marcum was part
of a small but passionate group of activist-scholars who helped shape and chronicle American relations with Africa during
the collapse of colonialism and the birth of independent Africa. His influence and associations extended from academics and
policy makers in the West to emerging leaders of Africa’s pre-independence nationalist movements such as Eduardo Mondlane
and Patrice Lumumba. Marcum met, interviewed, and corresponded with many important African political figures, including Kenneth
Kaunda, Ahmed Sékou Touré, Agostinho Neto, Holden Roberto, and Jonas Savimbi. He was also deeply involved in efforts to end
apartheid in South Africa for more than three decades.
55 Linear Feet
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