DANCE: BACK TO THEIR ROOTS

THE AILEY COMPANY'S TOUR LEAVES SOUTH AFRICA DANCING IN THE AISLES

Tears were the first bond. They glistened on Judith Jamison's face as she stood beside an elderly woman veteran of South Africa's liberation struggle. They trickled down the cheek of a younger South African woman who knelt beside the flower-strewn memorial to her brother, felled by a police bullet on June 16, 1976, the first day of the Soweto uprising. After lighting candles, the kneeling woman and three other family members softly intoned their new national anthem, God Bless Africa. "That's when I lost it," Jamison said later. "I identified with them as black people, and immediately the image of slavery...

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