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By Steven D. Gish

A biography of Dr. A.B. Xuma, the American-educated President of the African nationwide Congress within the Nineteen Forties, and the 1st western-trained black South African healthcare professional to perform drugs in Johannesburg.

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Alfred B. Xuma: African, American, South African

A biography of Dr. A. B. Xuma, the American-educated President of the African nationwide Congress within the Nineteen Forties, and the 1st western-trained black South African general practitioner to perform drugs in Johannesburg.

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While he placed one foot in the cultural mainstream, he kept the other firmly planted among the black community. This 'dualism' would come to characterize the remainder of his stay 36 Alfred B. Xuma in the United States, and indeed, would eventually characterize his future career in South Africa. During most of his student days at the University of Minnesota, Xuma lived in one of St Paul's few black neighborhoods, concentrated around Rondo Street and St Anthony Avenue. While there, he joined the St James African Methodist Episcopal Church and embarked on a stint of Sunday school teaching.

31 Xuma's developing ties to the University's white community did not dilute his African identity or weaken his identification with black Americans. While he placed one foot in the cultural mainstream, he kept the other firmly planted among the black community. This 'dualism' would come to characterize the remainder of his stay 36 Alfred B. Xuma in the United States, and indeed, would eventually characterize his future career in South Africa. During most of his student days at the University of Minnesota, Xuma lived in one of St Paul's few black neighborhoods, concentrated around Rondo Street and St Anthony Avenue.

13 Whatever their country of origin, Tuskegee students spent their time in a highly structured environment. Students' schedules were mapped out from 6:30 in the morning until 9:30 at night. Rules prohibited dancing, liquor, tobacco and gambling, and strictly regulated interaction between the sexes. The long arm of the administration was extended by a system of student monitors whose roles were not unlike those of prefects. T. 14 More than anyone else, Booker T. Washington personified the Tuskegeean ethos.

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