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South African equality icon Nelson Mandela has died

Published: Thu, December 5, 2013 @ 5:07 p.m.


Nelson Mandela, a colossus of the 20th century, emerged from 27 years in prison to topple apartheid with iron discipline, hardheaded realism and a common touch that endeared him to whites who had been conditioned to regard him as their bitter enemy.

His death closes the final chapter in Africa’s struggle to cast off white rule, leaving the world with indelible memories of a man of astonishing grace and good humor.

Rock concerts celebrated his birthday, Hollywood stars glorified him on screen, and his regal bearing, graying hair and raspy voice made him instantly recognizable across the globe.

As South Africa’s first black president, the ex-boxer, lawyer and prisoner No. 46664 paved the way to racial reconciliation with well-chosen gestures of forgiveness.

He was 95.


1Attis(862 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

50 years ago, W.E.B.DuBois, the Father of Pan-Africanism and forerunner of Mandela as well as another political prisoner, also died in Africa at the age of 95 on the eve of MLK's historic "I Have a Dream speech" in D.C. There was a hardly a word of the passing of this great freedom fighter and prophet in the US press, and he remains either marginalized or largely unknown today in the land of his birth. Another American tragedy which keeps on growing like a terminal cancer. DuBois plowed the ground from which Mandela and MLK reaped a harvest of liberation. Why is there nothing in Ohio named in his honor?

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2JS(584 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

On Double Consciousness

by W. E. B. duBois

After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world,--a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness,--an American, a Negro; two warring souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.

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3westcomm11(23 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

What did he ever do for me or my family .

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