Beyond the obvious beauty and grace of our First Lady, one must consider the historic importance of this photo. Our history books sweep under the rug the fact that the White House was built by African American slaves. For the next 150 years the majority of the serving staff of the so called “people’s house” were African American. In 1901 Booker T. Washington was the first African American to be received there as a guest by Theodore Roosevelt, to the horror of Washington society. They are all at last vindicated in our first African American first family. Note…It is my humble opinion that no matter what family should occupy the White House after January 2017, and the following generations for that matter, they will never equal the style, debonair, and class as that of the Obamas.
Situated on the slopes of Signal Hill, Bo Kaap is the historical center of Cape-Malay culture in Cape Town. The area has a deeply rooted Malaysian, Javanese, Indian and Sri Lankan cultural identity, and was the first Islamic settlement in South Africa.
It is easily identified by its colourful homes, and cobblestone streets. A number of walking tours are available to explore Bo Kaap’s unique streets, visit the best restaurants, and the Bo Kaap museum.