I’m supposed to be writing up a blog post for my Boss’s blog (I’ll post the link here when I’m done) about the last month, the two special sessions, the history I witnessed personally.
She wants the piece to be short, where brevity is preferred and my usual details are left as concise as possible.
…And, I can’t even think of how to begin.
How do you wrap the past month in one, single, solitary blog post? I lied to myself over the weekend, telling myself that once the bill was passed it would be easier, but it’s not. It’s actually a lot harder.
I want the focus on this piece to be about watching a group of people come together: the power I witnessed, because, this is for a Union President’s professional blog, but everything… all of it…
I want it to be a call to arms, and I believe I’m capable of that and, now that I’m writing about it and starting to focus a bit, it’s becoming a bit easier to get the phrasing in my head.
I’m a somewhat gifted writer… but one blog piece on a transition this important?
I’m not sure I’m THAT good…
It is rare that Google decides to dedicate it’s “Google Doodle” to a woman. Oh, let’s be honest, it’s rarer when it’s really anyone of colour, but women of colour are the rarest of individuals to be celebrated on Google’s “Doodle”. That’s why I was shocked to find this, this morning:
Google has decided to celebrate musician and activist, Miriam Makeba’s 81st birthday, or what would have been her 81st birthday if she hadn’t died a few short years ago from a heart attack.
Born in Johannesburg, Miriam is responsible for being the first artist from Africa to popularize African style throughout the world, which she began doing through work with the Manhattan Brothers, moving to her all female group, the Skylarks, and finally releasing her song, “Pata, Pata,” which made her famous throughout South Africa.
Three years later, she would make her big break in an anti-apartheid documentary called, “Come Back, Africa”, in which she had a small cameo and it is through her work that she was able to first travel to Italy, for the documentary’s premiere, and then onto the United States and into London.
It wouldn’t be until she attempted to return to South Africa that she learned that her passport had been revoked, and after speaking out and testifying at the United Nations about apartheid, her South African citizenship and the right to return to her country were completely revoked. (Many countries would come to her aid, issuing her International passports and granting her honorary citizenship, making her one of the few people that can truly claim to be a “citizen of the world”.)
Miriam would be a stranger to her native country until 1990, when she returned after Nelson Mandela was freed, though she would tour through Africa prior to that return. In the interim, she led a fascinating and controversial life, from performing with Harry Belafonte to having her tours and record deals cancelled because she married Stokely Carmichael, whom she would separate from five years later and divorce within ten.
Throughout her life, Miriam brought Africa to the world, through her music and became an active voice for injustice, not just regarding apartheid, but bringing her celebrity and her strength of character to a number of causes she championed.
She is a woman to be admired, and, if it takes a Google Doodle to bring her to more prominence, well, it’s one of the better things the company has done in a long time.
On a Kennedy note, since everyone kind of knows of my adoration for the “family”: Miriam performed with Harry Belafonte at JFK’s 1962 birthday party that took place at Madison Square Garden. (Yes, the one in which Marilyn Monroe sang Happy Birthday to him.) She decined to attend the after party, due to illness, but President Kennedy insisted on meeting her, so Harry Belafonte sent a car for her, and she did, in fact, meet President Kennedy.
Swear to God if the Voting Rights Act is dismantled by the SCOTUS and there aren’t riots in the streets as a result, I will lose all faith in the people of the United States.
Was just about to go to sleep when I saw this… OMG! OMG! OMG!!
OMG! JFK’s Air Force BOMBER JACKET?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
It’s so weird how my brain things… this morning, I woke up wondering about the golf clubs from the Estate Sale of Jackie Kennedy. And, as I’m going to bed… another auction. OMG, OMG, OMG!
I’ll just let you know on Sunday what items I am salivating over? But that Bomber Jacket? Holy hell that would be cool.
ETA: HOLD ME NOW…. Jack and Jackie’s WEDDING INVITATION!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?1?1/1/1
I’m dying. Dying. DYING!!!!!!
E(again)TA: OMG… a SIGNED Wedding photo by both Jack and Jackie?
I’m only on page 14-15… Good LORD… I’m only on page 14-15!!!
I may faint.
E(final time)TA: I think I lost consciousness somewhere around an ORIGINAL (not reproduction) of the Kennedy for President 1960 campaign poster.
OMG. I’m going to sleep…. before I get to the bomber jacket.