John Chilembwe

(c. 1870—1915) Baptist minister and anti-colonial rebel

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(c. 1871–1915)

Malawi nationalist. A servant of the missionary Joseph Booth, who sent him to a Negro theological college in the USA, he became a church minister and in 1900 established the Providence Industrial Mission in Nyasaland (now Malawi). Chilembwe protested against the injustices of colonial rule. In 1915 he started a rebellion but it did not gain enough African support and he was shot by the police.

Subjects: African Studies.

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