“Free Mandela!”: Remembering The Man & Slogan That Inspired A Global Movement
President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela passed on December 5, 2013 in Johannesburg at the age of 95.
His long life, a testament to fearlessness and perseverance, will be recounted for generations. President Mandela was a tireless activist who began in his early youth to mobilize his people, long since degraded by colonial racism in South Africa. He became one of the most visible leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) when in 1978, his second wife, Winnie, suggested that the ANC change its slogan from “Death to Apartheid” to “Free Mandela”. Mandela’s work as an outspoken agitator made him a controversial enemy of the state, and landed him, for nearly three decades, in jail, including one of the world’s most notoriously brutal prisons, Robben Island. Mandela’s release in the early 90’s was a benchmark for progress, and captured global attention as it re-energized those who shared his vision for a new…
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