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South African equality icon Nelson Mandela has died



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

JOHANNESBURG

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.


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1Attis(904 comments)posted 10 months, 4 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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2westcomm11(23 comments)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

What did he ever do for me or my family .

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