Susannas in the news. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2016 v10n1 p0514
This week has been a banner week for like-named women.
First, Susannah Mushaat Jones died. She was the last North American born in the 19th Century, and she died in Brooklyn at 116.
Her grandmother was a descendant of kidnapped and enslaved Africans, who outlived the worst of her oppression. But not all. Miss Susannah too outlived a lot of oppression. But not all.
Superlongevity is always a surprise, and always the person who has outlived everyone else is asked why they have lived so long. The only real answer is that they never stopped breathing.
Well done Miss Susannah, who led a quiet life, taking care of children, and adults, until one day, she stopped breathing.
And tonight a singer from Ukraine known as Jamala won the Eurovision contest. Except that is not her real name, which is Susana. And she is one of the directly wronged citizens of Ukraine, a Crimean Tatar whose ancestors were forced out of Crimea by Stalin. The song that won her the competition was about this wrong. Well done Susana. Well done Jamala.