Pagan Kennedy on William Sheppard

September 8, 2002

Pagan Kennedy is the author of “Black Livingstone,” a biography of 19th century black American missionary William Sheppard.  Sheppard was welcomed in parts of Africa never before seen by a Westerner and witnessed the horrors of Belgian colonialism in the Congo.  He tried to stop the slaughter and exploitation but was limited by the prejudice of his day against blacks.