Archibald Campbell Mzolisa Jordan
1906 - 1968


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Archibald Campbell Jordan was born on 30 October 1906 in Mbokothwana, in the Tsolo district of the Transkei. He was a prominent African intellectual, writer, and member of the All African Convention (AAC) and the Non-European Unity Movement (NEUM). He was educated at St. John's College, Lovedale, Fort Hare, and the University of South Africa. In 1945, he received an MA on the subject of the Nguni and Sotho groups, Jordan began teaching in the Department of African Languages at Fort Hare, and in 1957 he received a Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town, where he was then lecturing in African languages. He had previously taught at Kroonstad High School for 10 years and at Fort Hare. He left South Africa in 1961 and subsequently became a professor of African languages and literature at the University of Wisconsin. He died in 1968. He was the author of lngqumbo Yeminyanya (1940) and two post­humous books. Tales from Southern Africa (1973), and Towards an African Literature: The Emergence of Literary Form in Xhosa (1973).

Source:

Gerhart G.M and Karis T. (ed)(1977). From Protest to challenge: A documentary History of African Politics in South Africa: 1882-1964, Vol.4 Political Profiles 1882 1964. Hoover Institution Pres: Stanford University.

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