We are very cruelly trapped between what we would like to be and what we actually are. And we cannot possibly become what we would like to be until we are willing to ask ourselves just why the lives we lead on this continent are mainly so empty, so tame, and so ugly.
Miriam Makeba (1932-2008), the legendary singer and civil rights activist seen here in 1960, was born 81 years ago today in Johannesburg, South Africa. I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see that the doodle on Google’s homepage is in honor of her birthday. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty.