Makeba, Miriam. (1932–2008)

Original 1971 Window Card

Original window card advertising a performance of the great South African singer and civil rights activist in Detroit, 1971. She appeared at the Ford Auditorium on October 30, 1971, presented by the Pan-African Congress. Long tape-repaired tear through date and time, scattered soiling and stains, yellowed bottom edge. 18 x 24 inches.

Zenzile Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil-rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. Makeba lived in the United States from 1963, when she lost her South African citizenship, to 1968, when she married Black Panther leader Stokely Carmichael. After 1968 her popularity declined in the United States, where conservatives began to see her as an extremist; she and Carmichael moved to Guinea. (16581)

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