HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Jacqueline Galloway-Blake heard the drums beating from Africa.
They beckoned her to come home to dance and sing in celebration of the life Nelson Mandela lived. Circumstance, however, showed no favor to allow her to pay respects to the South African civil rights leader who died Dec. 5.
For starters, Galloway-Blake's passport had expired, and it normally takes two weeks to have it updated. And with just a day's notice, plane tickets were ranging in price from $3,000 to $7,000. Then a friend from Johannesburg told her all the hotel rooms were booked in her city.