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Dr. Francis W. M. Morais: His Fight for Humanity

Adult; Memoir; (Create)

This book is about an unsung civil rights leader, Francis W. M. Morais (1866-1964), Ph.D., D.Litt. Between 1927 and 1935, Dr. Morais worked tirelessly to put an end to slavery and forced labor in Africa, particularly Liberia, which was founded as a haven for freed African-Americans in the early 1900s. Morais’ fight for human rights compelled him to travel to Geneva to meet with officials of the League of Nations. The Liberian government being against his travel to Europe from the outset did all in its power to prevent him from returning home; he was marooned without funds for over a year between Geneva and London. Through the financial assistance of those who believed in Morais’ fight, he returned home to a short-lived hero’s welcome. Within hours, he was arrested without writ and sent to the Bella Yallah Prison for 15 years.

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