Une union, une unité : Ruth et Seretse…

Un regard a suffi
Et la flamme a fait le reste
Seretse Khama
Et Ruth Williams
Se sont promis fidélité, amour et justice
Et leur vie en témoigne

Témoignage contre l’adversité
Témoignage contre la ségrégation raciale
Témoignage contre la tentative de le déstabiliser
Ainsi que son pays

Au fait, Seretse Khama
Est Roi de Bangwato
Et son nom, Seretse,
Signifie : « l’argile qui lie »

Malgré les oppositions de toutes sortes
Malgré les dénis de justice
Malgré l’exil,
Ces deux-là tiendront bon
Et en 1966
Seretse Khama deviendra
Après l’indépendance
Le premier président
du Botswana…

Leur fils
Seretse Khama Ian Khama
Devient à son tour président en 2008
Réélu en 2014…

We are convinced that there is justification for all the races that have been brought together in this part of Africa, by the circumstances of history, to live together in peace and harmony, for they have no other home but Southern Africa. Here we will have to learn how to share aspirations and hopes as one people, united by a common belief in the unity of the human race. Here rests our past, our present, and, most importantly of all, our future. » – Seretse Khama – speech at the national stadium on the 10th anniversary of independence in 1976. As quoted in Thomas Tlou, Neil Parsons and Willie Henderson’s Seretse Khama 1921-80, Macmillan 1995. (thoughtco.com)

 

Un film « A United kingdom » paru en 2017 rend hommage à leur couple et à leur combat…

A union, a unity: Ruth and Seretse...

One look was enough
And the flame did the rest
Seretse Khama
And Ruth Williams
Promised themselves fidelity, love and justice
And their lives testify to it

Testimony against adversity
Testimony against racial segregation
Testimony against the attempt to destabilize him
As well as his country

By the way, Seretse Khama
Is King of Bangwato
And his name, Seretse,
Means: « the clay that binds »

Despite oppositions of all kinds
Despite denials of justice
Despite the exile,
These two will hold firm
And in 1966
Seretse Khama will become
After independence
The first President of Botswana …

Their son
Seretse Khama Ian Khama
In turn becomes President in 2008
Re-elected in 2014 …

 

We are convinced that there is justification for all the races that have been brought together in this part of Africa, by the circumstances of history, to live together in peace and harmony, for they have no other home but Southern Africa. Here we will have to learn how to share aspirations and hopes as one people, united by a common belief in the unity of the human race. Here rests our past, our present, and, most importantly of all, our future. » – Seretse Khama – speech at the national stadium on the 10th anniversary of independence in 1976. As quoted in Thomas Tlou, Neil Parsons and Willie Henderson’s Seretse Khama 1921-80, Macmillan 1995. (thoughtco.com)

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