Op-Ed

Mandela and the Unfinished Freedom Struggle

By Ron Daniels NNPA Guest Columnist   As chairman of Freedom, Inc. in Youngstown, Ohio, a community-based, Pan Africanist organization, I was privileged to be among a small group of activists/organizers who launched the mobilization to hold the first African Liberation Day (ALD) in the Read More

Politics

Past and Present Converge at Mandela’s Burial

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief   QUNU, South Africa (NNPA) – With a rich mixture of ceremonial military pomp and ancient tribal customs, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president, was buried here Sunday in the village of his youth, culminating 10 days Read More

Politics

Obama Praises Mandela as ‘Great Liberator’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief     SOWETO, South Africa (NNPA) – President Barack Obama described Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black elected president, as “the last great liberator of the 20th century” and thanked the grieving nation for sharing their beloved former leader Read More

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Op-Ed

Mandela’s Road to Freedom

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist     If I close my eyes, I can remember 1984. I am among those running from meeting to meeting working to pass Proposition J, the San Francisco ballot initiative that required the city to divest pension funds from companies Read More

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Op-Ed

The Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist     As millions of people throughout world mourn and celebrate the life and living legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, it is important to focus on some of the most enduring and meaningful leadership attributes of Madiba’s long Read More

National

Obama to travel to South Africa to honor Mandela

[AP] The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa next week to pay respects to Nelson Mandela. White House press secretary Jay Carney says the Obamas will participate in memorial events, but didn’t say specifically what Read More

National

Song, dance, tears prayer for Mandela in S. Africa

[AP] JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans erupted in song, dance and tears on Friday in public and emotional celebrations of the life of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who bridged this country’s black-white divide and helped avert a race war. People of all colors hugged and shared emotional moments as anti-apartheid Read More

National

Mourners hail Nelson Mandela’s courage, conviction, ‘remarkable lack of bitterness’

[CNN] Nelson Mandela’s willingness to forgive and forget helped peacefully end an era of white domination in his native South Africa. But as news of his death spread, mourners there and around the world professed that he, himself, would never be forgotten. “Mandela’s biggest legacy Read More