MALCOLM AND MAYA
Circa 1964 Ghana, where Maya had been living since 1962.
“Many years earlier I, or rather someone very like me and certainly related to me, had been taken from Africa by force. This second leave-taking would not be so onerous, for now I knew my people had never completely left Africa. We had sung it in our blues, shouted it in our gospel and danced the continent in our breakdowns. As we carried it to Philadelphia, Boston and Birmingham we had changed its color, modified its rhythms, yet it was Africa which rode in the bulges of our high calves, shook in our protruding behinds and crackled in our wide open laughter. I could nearly hear the old ones chuckling.” -from All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, which chronicles Angelou’s time in the West African country
Happy first day of Kwanzaa!