Davidson Don Tengo Jabavu (1885-1959) was a South African political campaigner, academic, writer and editor who was the first black professor at the University of Fort Hare, teaching African languages and Latin. In 1949 he attended the World Pacifist Meeting in India and wrote an account of his journey in isiXhosa, first published by Lovedale Press in 1951.
This edition includes the original isiXhosa text, the English translation and "Networks of Solidarity: D.D.T.Jabavu's voyage to India" by Tina Steiner; "Revisiting D.D.T.Jabavu, 1885-1959" and "In Praise of Cecil Wele Manona, 1937-2013" by Catherine Higgs; "Notes on the Original and the Translation" by Mhlobo Jadezweni and "Jabavu and African Translation for the Future" by Evan Mwangi.
"A remarkable travelogue by one of South Africa's greatest intellectuals, D.D.T Jabavu, is available for the first time in isiXhosa and English. This historical gem enriches our sense of the scope and scale of South African letters." Isabel Hofmeyr, Global Distinguished Professor, New York University, and Professor of African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand
Catherine Higgs is Professor of History, University of British Columbia.
Mhlobo Jadezweni teaches isiXhosa at Rhodes University.
Evan Mwangi is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Northwestern University.
Tina Steiner is Associate Professor in the English Department, Stellenbosch University.