Joseph Kasa-Vubu, ABAKO, and Performances of Kongo Nationalism in the Independence of Congo

@article{CovingtonWard2012JosephKA,
  title={Joseph Kasa-Vubu, ABAKO, and Performances of Kongo Nationalism in the Independence of Congo},
  author={Yolanda Covington-Ward},
  journal={Journal of Black Studies},
  year={2012},
  volume={43},
  pages={72 - 94}
}
When most people think about the Belgian Congo and its path to independence on June 30, 1960, the figure that most frequently comes to mind is that of Patrice Lumumba and his strategy of uniting people across different ethnic groups. While Lumumba’s contributions have been well documented and recognized, this essay argues that the Kongo ethnic association–turned–political party, ABAKO (Association des BaKongo), and its leader Joseph Kasa-Vubu, were the driving force behind the independence… Expand

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