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Celebrating Kathy

Barbara Rick | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Barbara Rick

Happy birthday to South Africa's freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada! "Kathy" -- as he's well known there -- turned a robust 85-years-old on August 21. He is the premiere guide and custodian of the history of infamous Robben Island, where he and Nelson Mandela were unjustly imprisoned for 18 years.

A Concrete Way to Remember and Honor Nelson Mandela

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

His commitment as a leader to South Africa's children was the extension of a principle that has governed leaders of traditional communities for generations: If the children are well, then all of us are well.

Christmas Behind Bars With Nelson Mandela: Recollections of Younger Anti-apartheid Activist Saths Cooper

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

The opening of the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on Christmas Day in America was an appropriately timed gift, given the film's message about faith in one's belief, overcoming injustice and choosing love over hate.

Mandala

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Jack Schimmelman

With the world's noses pressed against apartheid's steel glass western corporate puppeteers, he was perceived as a terrorist who would not stop. They were right. Nelson Mandela's vision threatened hatred, exploitation.

Nelson Mandela and Saths Cooper: Two Generations of Anti-apartheid Activists Share a Prison Cell Block and Become a President

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

The name Sathasivian Cooper may not be as famous internationally as that of Nelson Rohihlhla Mandela, but the younger man fondly called "Saths" and the older man affectionately nicknamed "Madiba" (meaning "troublemaker") were both rebels and anti-apartheid activists.

Nelson Mandela's Lesson on Love

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 02.07.2014 | World
Dr. Terri Kennedy

Mandela became our conscience. He transcended race and class. His thought was on the collective, not his individual pain. He was an authentic leader who never claimed to be perfect. His is a story of transformation, from militant freedom fighter to peacemaker.

Idris Elba Describes Chilling Night In Nelson Mandela's Prison

OWN | Posted 01.25.2014 | OWN

Prior to Nelson Mandela's death, Oprah sat down with actor Idris Elba, who plays Mandela in the new film, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." In the abov...

The Mandela You Don't Know: The Savvy Politician Who Used the World Cup to Unite South Africa

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 02.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

If you're like most Americans, you know that Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison and emerged without hatred to spearhead a peaceful transfer of power in South Africa. But you probably know nothing about the 1995 Rugby World Cup match.

Envision Your World

Kristin Duquette | Posted 12.10.2013 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

I never thought I could feel so empowered and inspired on a 16-hour flight to the United States. From the time I entered the car on my way to O.R. Tambo International Airport, I began typing my thoughts and ideas about social change on my iPhone while taking occasional breaks to look up at the beautiful South African sunset.

LOOK: White House Releases Stunning Photos Of Obama Family On Robben Island

Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics

The White House released photos from President Barack Obama's trip to South Africa on Monday, including several of the president and his family visiti...

Mr. Mandela, Please Get Well

Darryl Woodard | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Darryl Woodard

Mr. Mandela please get well. And that which ails you may it be a momentary thing. Because my trusty paperback Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word moment in its first definition as a minute portion of time. So what does ail you may that soon pass.

Nelson Mandela's Leadership Legacy to Us

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 09.02.2013 | Black Voices
Robert V. Taylor

When Mandela reappeared on the world stage on February 11, 1990 he told the world, "Our long march to freedom is irreversible." In that moment it was clear he had never left the world stage; he was re-entering it with even greater moral gravitas.

Obama 'Deeply Humbled' During Robben Island Visit

AP | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

BY NEDRA PICKLER AND JULIE PACE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday will announce a new initiat...

Michelle Obama Visits Cape Town Museum In Lieu Of Mandela Prison

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 08.23.2011 | World

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Michelle Obama on Thursday toured a museum that memorializes the forced segregation of a once vibrant and racially mix...

Mandela's Legacy

Robert Hormats | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Hormats

America's Founding Fathers sought to "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity." So did Mandela. And he also succeeded, with his lesson extending well beyond South Africa.

Mandela, RFK and the Sacrifice of Statement

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John R. Bohrer

Long before the struggle in South Africa became fashionable in the U.S., some American leaders rallied to their side, sending forth a ripple of hope on behalf of the entire free world.

Jacob Zuma: Top 5 Things You Didn't Know

Huffington Post | Catherine Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Jacob Zuma, current president of the African National Congress and the leading candidate in South Africa's presidential election Wednesday, is quite t...

The Loss of a Hero: Apartheid Critic Helen Suzman Dies at 91

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madeleine M. Kunin

Helen was a role model for me not so much because I was like her, but because I wanted to become more like her; to understand the source of her extraordinary courage.