"We are going to make the Congo, for all of Africa, the heart of the light."

Patrice Lumumba called for the Congo to be a light for all of Africa. This contradicted the prevalent image of the Congo as the heart of darkness, as in the title of Joseph Conrad's 1899 novella.  The question, of course, is whether it was truly "primitive savages" that made the Congo "dark" or the Belgian colonists with their greed and cruelty.

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