Miriam Makeba, celebrated South African singer and activist, joins a fairly elite group of African diaspora members honored by Google. Makeba was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1932. Though internationally known, her anti- apartheid stance caused the South African government to block her return in 1960. The voice of the genre now known as world music, “Mama Africa” returned to South Africa upon Nelson Mandela’s 1990 release from prison. Makeba died in 2008, but would have celebrated her 81st birthday March 4, 2013.
Though I generally think the Google doodles are not great artwork, I really like this one. Past “Google doodles” have honored Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Ray Charles and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I was impressed that there were doodles featuring events like Kenyan, Ghanaian, Ugandan and Senegalese independence.
Check them all out at Google Doodles.