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Nelson Mandela Memorial

The Politics of Ubuntu

Desmond Tutu | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Desmond Tutu

There were no representatives from Syria, Iraq or North Korea at Nelson Mandela's memorial. This is not just about paying respects, this is about the fate of our global community.

The World Unites Behind Mandela: An Unreported United Message From the UN

Danny Schechter | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Danny Schechter

I was troubled by the extensive air time Obama was given to the exclusion of other world leaders at the Memorial event in Johannesburg. Perhaps that's why the UN General Assembly organized its own special tribute to Mandela so that every country could equally be heard.

Mandela Event Confusion Exposes Secret Service Quandary

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL and JULIE PACE | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the hours before President Barack Obama arrived at a Johannesburg soccer stadium to honor Nelson Mandela, the White House staff...

Mandela Makes Final Journey To Home Village in South Africa

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and GREGORY KATZ | Posted 12.14.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — On a final journey to his home village where he had wanted to spend his final days, the remains of Nelson Mandela were honored a...

Winnie Describes Mandela's Last Moments

AP | Posted 12.12.2013 | Black Voices

LONDON (AP) — Winnie Mandela says she feels "very blessed" to have been with ex-husband Nelson Mandela when he died, describing how she sat by his b...

Mandela, the Refrigerator Hum, and the Spirit of Ubuntu

Anya Cordell | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Anya Cordell

You know how the refrigerator stops humming, and then you become aware that it was? Nelson Mandela taught me about the state when the hum clicks off.

The World Still Does Not Understand Us

Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff

As a Deaf person myself, I was taken aback at the fact that at one of the most significant world events in recent times, a phony interpreter was chosen to represent the Deaf community. It serves as a message to the Deaf community that the world still does not understand us.

Mandela Ceremony Interpreter Saw 'Angels,' Has Violent Past

AP | ALAN CLENDENNING and JUERGEN BAETZ | Posted 02.11.2014 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson ...

Joe Biden Celebrates Mandela's Life At National Cathedral

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 12.11.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Joe Biden was a young senator from Delaware when he was first exposed to the evils of apartheid. As the only white lawmaker in a cong...


Shan Wells | Posted 02.10.2014 | Denver
Shan Wells


WATCH: Jay Z's Tribute To Madiba

Posted 12.16.2013 | Black Voices

As the world continues to mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, many entertainers are paying homage to the former South African president through various ...

World Leaders Bow, Pray At Mandela's Casket

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and JON GAMBRELL | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — World leaders bowed and prayed Wednesday before the flag-draped casket containing the body of Nelson Mandela, having a...

Mandela Ceremony Interpreter Deemed A 'Fake'

AP | AL CLENDENNING and RAY FAURE | Posted 02.10.2014 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of s...

Obama Takes Selfie With World Leaders At Mandela Memorial, And Michelle Is Having None Of It

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

Even world leaders can't resist taking funeral selfies. President Barack Obama, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark's Prime Minister...

10 Memorable Images From Mandela's Memorial

Posted 12.10.2013 | World

A boy with "Rest In Peace Nelson Mandela" painted on his face looks up to the skies during the memorial service for former South African president N...

11 Powerful Quotes To Remember Mandela

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.10.2013 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — World leaders, family, friends and thousands of mourners who queued for hours to secure a seat in Johannesburg's FNB stadium pai...

Zuma Booed At Mandela Memorial

Reuters | Posted 02.09.2014 | World

By David Dolan JOHANNESBURG, Dec 10 (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma was booed and jeered at a memorial to anti-aparthei...

Obama Remembers Mandela, His Legacy

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th ce...

Nelson Mandela Memorial Draws Mourners And Leaders From Around The World

AP | ALAN CLENDENNING and JON GAMBRELL and JULIE PACE | Posted 12.10.2013 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama implored thousands gathered in a cold, rainy stadium and millions watching around the world on Tuesd...

Sam Stein

After Mandela Ended Apartheid, He Had To Learn How To Run A Presidential Campaign | Sam Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The election outcome may seem preordained when you’re running for president after you've helped end apartheid and spent 27 years in pr...

South Africans Pray For Mandela


CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In death, Nelson Mandela unified South Africans of all races and backgrounds Sunday on a day of prayer for the global...

Massive Crowds, World Leaders To Honor Mandela

AP | JON GAMBRELL | Posted 12.08.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa expects overwhelming crowds and a host of world leaders to attend services honoring late President Nelson Mandela, ...

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush To Attend Nelson Mandela's Funeral

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, along with former First Lady Laura Bush, will attend former South African President Nelson Mandela'...

Hollywood Mourns The Loss Of Nelson Mandela

Los Angeles Daily News | Bob Strauss | Posted 02.05.2014 | Los Angeles

There's nothing Hollywood loves more than a hero, and when one is both associated with a righteous cause and the establishment of peace like Nelson Ma...

The Dignity of Man: A South African Rabbi Remembers Nelson Mandela

Avraham Edelstein | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Avraham Edelstein

American leaders are obsessed with their legacy. Second-term presidents make a mad dash to do something, anything, that will allow history to judge them favorably. Mandela never stooped to this. If he made history, it was as a healer of souls.