A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 16, 1959

IN 1936, while Italian journalists hissed from the galleries, a slight, regal figure appeared before the League of Nations in poignant protest against the invasion of his country by Mussolini. That year Emperor Haile Selassie, a proud ruler who lived to see his country free once again, became the first African leader to be TIME'S Man of the Year. Since then, Africa has been making history on its own, awakening the rest of the world to Africa's own awakening. TIME cover stories illustrate the way the story has developed. In 1952 there was Daniel...

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