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Google Honors The Founder Of African Sign Language Studies In Their Latest Doodle

Google is honoring the 71st birthday of Professor Duncan Okoth Okombo in their latest Doodle illustrated by Kenyan artist Joe Impressions. Okombo’s contributions throughout his lifetime, spanning 66 years, have pinned him as the founder of African sign language studies. Professor Okombo’s work was inspired at an early age due to his experience being raised during British colonial rule. Born on a remote Kenyan island in Kaswanga, Okombo witnessed the English language taking precedence over his ethnic identity sweeping his native tongue to near extinction. The violent awakening further propelled the professor to ensure the heart of his indigenous African heritage would never be dimmed. The solution would lie in educating the next generation to ensure the native language would always be preserved. Okombo would pursue a linguistics degree in 1983, publishing Masira ki Ndaki — one of the first novels in a Kenyan language. Advancing his career, he would become a professor of linguistics...

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 8, 2021

Google Doodle Honors Jazz Legend and Anti-Apartheid Activist Hugh Masekela

On what would have been his 80th birthday, Google honored jazz legend and anti-apartheid hero Hugh Masekela by featuring him as a Google Doodle. “Today’s Doodle celebrates the world-renowned South African trumpeter, singer, bandleader, composer, and human rights advocate Hugh Masekela,” Google announced in a blog pos t. “Born 80 years ago today in the coal-mining town of Witbank, South Africa, Masekela got his first horn at age 14.” A screenshot of the doodle — showing Masekela playing the trumpet — was shared by his estate’s twitter. The doodle is featured in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, and a few other countries worldwide. Today the Search Engine @Google is celebrating Hugh Masekela's 80th Birthday with Google Doodle in US, UK, South Africa and few other countries. Happy Birthday Hugh Masekela 🎺🎺🎺 😊 Visit to share the link and celebrate with us! 🎺 #HughMasekela80th — Home Is Where The Music Is (@hughmasekela)...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 4, 2019