The Roar of Africa

Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton grew up on the African savanna as a member of the Maasai tribe.  He and his brothers were responsible for tending the cows during their daily grazing.  His family was nomadic and so the trek that Joseph and his brothers embarked on for the daily grazing included being alert to the dangers of African wildlife including lions.  Joseph, like most young boys, likes to play with his friends instead of indulging in the tedious alertness that is required of his duties.  He also dreams of a different life.

Joseph is given that chance when his older brother does not want to attend the compulsory school required for one son of each family in the tribe.  He begins a journey that ends with him becoming a teacher at The Langley School, a prestigious school near Washington, D.C.  However, Joseph never forgot where he came from and returns there as often as possible with a group of students and parents from The Langley School.  He embarks on a cross-cultural trek that is furthering the advancement of learning for both sides of the ocean.

I read this book as part of the required reading for United Methodist Women’s Reading Program.


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