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Political Pardons Would Damage the Legacy of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Paul Seils | Posted 03.06.2015 | World
Paul Seils

President Zuma should make the climb to the moral high ground currently occupied by the victims. From there he may see more clearly the values that are needed to build the nation.

South Africans Mark 25th Anniversary Of Mandela's Prison Release

AP | LYNSEY CHUTEL | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela insisted that he wanted to walk out of prison, when then President F. W. de Klerk told him he would finally be fr...

South Africa Marks Anniversary Of Mandela's Death

AP | LYNSEY CHUTEL | Posted 12.05.2014 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Friends and family of Nelson Mandela laid wreaths Friday at a bronze statue of the late statesman to mark the anniversary of his...

South African Inmates Crochet Blankets For Mandela

AP | LYNSEY CHUTEL | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ahead of the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela's death, inmates at a South African prison have been making brightly colored bl...

Nelson Mandela's Widow Offers Simply Perfect View On Gender Rights

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact

Graça Machel, Nelson Mandela's widow, took to the stage at Clinton Global Initiative to speak out on behalf of women and girls worldwide. Machel,...

Mandela Day: 67 Minutes That Could Change Your Life Forever

Jamie Joseph | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Jamie Joseph

For 67 years the late Mr. Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity -- as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker, and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa, my homeland.

Election Boycotts: Losing Voices and Votes

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Usually in elections, the voters' central dilemma is deciding whether to vote for candidate 'A', 'B', or even 'C'. However, in Egypt's upcoming presidential elections, voters and organizing blocs are revisiting the dilemma they faced in their 2012 elections.

My Grandfather Taught Me Forgiveness

Kweku Mandela | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Kweku Mandela

My grandfather would always say that if we as humans don't transcend this cycle of hatred and violence that we find ourselves in so often, we'll always be prisoners.

Mandela's Will Worth $4.1 Million

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 02.05.2014 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela's estate, worth roughly $4.1 million, will be shared between his family, members of his staff, schools that he at...

'I Shook Hands With Mandela and de Klerk Today'

Denise Scott Brown | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Denise Scott Brown

It is July 4, 1993 and I want to set down what happened today so I don't forget it. I went to the luncheon given for the President of the ANC and the President of South Africa by the City of Philadelphia at the Convention Center.

Mandela's LGBTQ Advocacy Has Fallen on Deaf Ears in Africa and African Diasporic Communities

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

If truth be told, Mandela's advocacy has shown very little light even in his country. South Africa has a serious problem with its LGBTQ population, and especially with lesbians. And its method to remedy its "problem" with lesbians is "corrective rape."

Winnie, 'The Mother of the Nation' Freed Mandela's Voice

Opal Palmer Adisa | Posted 02.17.2014 | Black Voices
Opal Palmer Adisa

I listened, with millions from around the world, as President Obama eulogized Nelson Mandela. And while I agreed with all that was said, I kept waiting to hear Winnie's name lifted up too, because she more than anyone else freed Nelson Mandela's voice.

Nelson Mandela: A Leader's Legacy Living and Breathing Within Today's Youth

Denzel Cummings | Posted 02.14.2014 | College
Denzel Cummings

Mandela's legacy has touched every continent, but it is distinctly personal for me as I see his influence in every mother and father figure I've ever had in my life.

Mandela and Arafat II

James Zogby | Posted 02.13.2014 | World
James Zogby

Some readers made disparaging remarks about the Palestinian leader -- the kindest of which was to point out the obvious fact that "Arafat was no Mandela." While that statement was, of course, true, it missed the point.

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...

America Needs Some Homegrown Heroes Like Mandela

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Steven Kurlander

Mandela's death sparked an almost forgotten allure toward hero worship. That was once reserved for outstanding Americans, who epitomized Americans' understanding of history and heroism. In this context, our president led the way.

Nelson Mandela -- The End of an Era

Sadhguru | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Sadhguru

It is unfortunate that injustice, subjugation and many levels of cruelty generate wonderful men. We have to find a way to generate such men when there is no strife, subjugation or injustice. We should incubate such men in joy and in celebration.

Nelson Mandela: The Measure of the Man

James A. Joseph | Posted 02.12.2014 | College
James A. Joseph

In 1996, I was back in South Africa to present my credentials to President Mandela as the U.S. Ambassador. "I have come to exchange my 'free Mandela' sign for my credentials as the United States Ambassador," I said. He loved it.

Nelson Mandela: Teaching a New World

Mary Ellen Jukoski | Posted 02.11.2014 | Education
Mary Ellen Jukoski

While the passing of Nelson Mandela was not unexpected, his life and his example still hold the power to inspire in surprising ways. As I have read th...

Los Angeles Was With Mandela on His Long Walk to Freedom

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 02.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

But for this brief period, those who pause to reflect and record their thoughts in that book of condolences, feel a deep connection to Nelson Mandela's fight for freedom in South Africa, and our own practice of democracy in America.

Remembering How Mandela Challenged Us

Frederick Jerome Streets | Posted 02.11.2014 | College
Frederick Jerome Streets

It is easier for some, like they did Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to embrace him in death than it is to remember that in his life, he challenged us all to confront our hatred of one another and to free our minds of prejudice.

Thousands Queue To Pay Tribute To Mandela

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.11.2014 | World

Up to 14,000 people viewed Nelson Mandela's body on the first day of his lying in state, the government said Thursday, announcing that shuttle service...

Dark Memories of Sunny South Africa

Anya Schmemann | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Anya Schmemann

We had just arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa from snowy New York City. It was suddenly the middle of summer, the garden was lush and green, and there was a sparkling pool outside our window beckoning us. All year we had dreamed of our new life in Africa.

How a Handshake Can Grip the World: 4 Tips to Take You to the Top

Tamara Jacobs | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Tamara Jacobs

Millions of astounded viewers watched as President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro shook hands on live television. Could this handshake mark the beginning of the thaw in the longstanding Cold War impasse between Cuba and America?

The Day Mandela Was Free

Roger Alford | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Roger Alford

President F.W. de Klerk, the one responsible for Mandela's freedom, was more sanguine: "I was struck by an inescapable truth: an irreversible process had begun -- and nobody could predict precisely how it would end."