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  • Dilma
    At today’s memorial for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was among the foreign leaders to honor the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader. "He also was a source of inspiration for similar struggles in Brazil and across South America," Rousseff said. "His fight reached way beyond his nation’s border and inspired young men and women to fight for independence and...
    December 10, 2013 | Story
  • Maya_angelou03
    We end our special coverage of the Nelson Mandela memorial with a video message delivered by the renowned poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou in his memory. They first met in 1962 before he was imprisoned. "Yes, Mandela’s day is done," Angelou said. "Yet we, his inheritors, will open the gates wider for reconciliation. And we will respond generously to the cries of blacks and whites, Asians, Hispanics, the poor who live...
    December 10, 2013 | Story
  • Nelsonmandela02
    South Africa has begun a week of remembrance for Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95. International leaders, global figures and celebrities will join 95,000 ordinary South Africans for a memorial service at FNB Stadium in Soweto, where Mandela made his final major public appearance during the 2010 soccer World Cup. President Obama is among 60 heads of state planning to attend. On Sunday, South Africans held a day of prayer for...
    December 09, 2013 | Story
  • Mandela_fist_up
    Former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. South African President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela’s death Thursday saying, "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost their father." Mandela was held as a political prisoner for 27 years from 1962 to 1990. In 1994, four years after his release from prison, Mandela became South Africa’s first black...
    December 06, 2013 | Story
  • Mandela_and_robinson-2
    In 1964, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison on Robben Island. He would become the most famous political prisoner in the world and his freedom became a central demand of the international anti-apartheid movement. Despite growing international pressure in the 1980s, the apartheid government received strong backing from the Reagan administration and Margaret Thatcher in Britain. The African National Congress was considered a terrorist...
    December 06, 2013 | Story
  • Trevor_tour_2
    Residents of Soweto began morning outside the former home of Nelson Mandela soon after his death was announced. We go to South Africa to speak with the Soweto-based activist Trevor Ngwane. He reflects on Mandela’s historic legacy but also talks about some of the failings of the new South Africa. For many South Africans, the fight for social and economic justice has not ended.

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    December 06, 2013 | Story
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    We speak to documentary filmmaker Danny Schechter and Father Michael Lapsley in Cape Town. Schechter has made six nonfiction films on Mandela, including "Mandela in America." He began working in South Africa in the 1960s. He is author of the new book, "Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela," which was published in conjunction with the new film, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." We also speak with Father...
    December 06, 2013 | Story
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    As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of color who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime.
    July 18, 2013 | Columns & Articles
  • Mandelatour3
    As the world marks the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and a beloved symbol of the country’s struggle to end apartheid, longtime South African activist Trevor Ngwane takes Democracy Now! on a tour of the township of Soweto. Speaking outside of Mandela’s former home, Ngwane recalls when the ANC leader was first captured, leading to a 27-year imprisonment before his release in 1990. Ngwane...
    July 18, 2013 | Story
  • Film-livetosing
    As post-apartheid South Africa struggles to fulfill its promise, the new documentary "I Live to Sing" follows three gifted singers at the University of Cape Town Opera School, which was once off-limits to black students. "For many years, opera was viewed in South Africa and elsewhere as a completely European, elitist, white art — both by whites who felt that blacks weren’t going have what it took to sing opera, but...
    July 18, 2013 | Story