The British colonial government of Kenya convicted independence movement leader Jomo Kenyatta guilty of organizing the violent Mau Mau organization, which attacked European settlers and the colonial government. He was an outspoken conservative and advocated for nonviolence when he entered the highly politicized trial.
Kenyatta was a passionate defender of African and Kenyan culture and a moving writer about the plight of Kenyans living under colonial control. He was one of the first nationalist leaders in modern Africa. He played a minor role in the Mau Mau uprising of 1952, but he was imprisoned for nine years alongside other nationalist leaders for his troubles. When he was finally released in 1961, Kenyatta became in charge of the Kenya African National Union and led independence talks with the British. After Kenya achieved its independence in 1963, Kenyatta was elected president the following year. When he passed away in 1978, he was still serving in this capacity.
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