Her Excellency, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the Ambassador of the African Union Mission, speaks to the media about the Grand African Run/Photo by Stacy M. Brown
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Inaugural Grand African Run Announced in Washington

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The more I thought about this idea of the Grand African race I began to see how we can bring the African diaspora and friends of Africa together, to promote our togetherness, to promote that which binds us and to promote all the wonderful accomplishments and the amazing things that are getting ready to come to Africa,” said Her Excellency, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the Ambassador of the African Union Mission. […read more]

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Crime

VIDEO: Bill Cosby’s Life in Prison – Comedian Gets First Visit

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Mr. Cosby said Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela helped him prepare for this chapter of his life. He said they told him that if he was going to continue to fight for civil rights, something like this was bound to happen and he’s been prepared for it and he knows he’s in prison not for rape, but for infidelity. He knows he’s innocent and he’s kept his head up.” […read more]

National

World Marks Nelson Mandela Day

  (USA Today) – It’s Nelson Mandela International Day, a day of service celebrated on July 18, Mandela’s birthday. Mandela, the former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, died at 95 on Dec. 5, 2013. This is the first time the day Read More

Politics

Preserving Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – Nearly a month after his death, there is a bitter struggle to define – and, in many instances, re-define – the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president. “There is an Read More

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Op-Ed

Walking in Mandela’s Footsteps

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief   PRETORIA, South Africa – It’s not easy walking in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, the nation’s first democratically elected president. No one knows that better than the two men who succeeded him as president of South Africa. A Read More

Op-Ed

Pope Wants End to Economic Inequality

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.  Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural.  It is manmade and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.  Read More

Politics

U.S. Supported White Minority-Rule in South Africa

NEWS ANALYSIS By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – President Obama and former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush flew to South Africa to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela, the country’s first democratically elected president who died Read More

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Op-Ed

The Obama–Castro Handshake

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   In the tradition of the Black Church in America, the right hand of fellowship handshake is extended as sign of welcome into the church community.  Usually, a handshake between two world leaders at a memorial service is Read More

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

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Op-Ed

Mandela Opponents Trying to Re-write History

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Many conservatives who actively opposed Nelson Mandela’s protracted struggle to establish democracy in White minority-ruled South Africa are trying to rationalize their past criticism by either ignoring their earlier public statements or trying to place the struggle for a 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

World

Still Ill, Nelson Mandela Unable to Speak

(CNN) — Tubes used to clear his lungs prevent Nelson Mandela from speaking, and he uses facial expressions to communicate with doctors and family, according to his former wife. “He remains very sensitive to any germs, so he has to be kept literally sterile,” Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told South Read More

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Op-Ed

What Blacks Can Learn from South Africa

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Nelson Mandela turned 95 years old on Thursday, July 18.  He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and the world holds its breath as we witness the decline of the lion that roared for freedom in South Africa.  Read More

Entertainment

Toronto Film Festival to Debut Films on Mandela, Assange

(Reuters) – The world premiere of “The Fifth Estate,” a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks, will open the 38th Toronto International Film Festival, which typically yields a number of Oscar contenders. Widely considered the kick-off to Oscar season, the 2013 festival Read More

World

Ndileka Mandela: ‘Feud Has Been Hard’

[BBC] As Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital, his first granddaughter has given the BBC a rare interview. On the eve of Mandela’s 95th birthday, Ndileka Mandela says that it has been a difficult period for the family, especially with Read More

World

Nelson Mandela’s Controversial King Takes on South Africa’s President

[New York Times] JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nelson Mandela‘s king is a colorful figure. Perhaps a little too colorful. Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s greatest claim to fame is that he counts South Africa’s first black president among his subjects. But the king of Mandela’s AbaThembu clan made local headlines Thursday Read More

Politics

Nelson Mandela Remains in Critical Condition, South Africa’s President Say

JOHANNESBURG –  Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition Monday in a Pretoria hospital, described by South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma as being “asleep” when he visited the stricken anti-apartheid hero Sunday evening. Zuma told at least 60 foreign and South African Read More

World

Speculation About Mandela’s Fate Seen As Cultural Taboo

[USA Today] JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Will native son and national hero Nelson Mandela survive his latest bout with illness? That is the single question dominating headlines, speeches, Twitter and conversation throughout South Africa. It’s an unusual situation in a country where death is an Read More

World

South Africa: Winnie Mandela’s Items to be Sold

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dozens of paintings, a silver tea set and other items belonging to Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie will be auctioned next week to pay off debts she owes to a South African school. The sale will happen at the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Read More

National

South Africa: ‘Free but not Equal’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (NNPA) – When international icon and former political prisoner Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa in 1994, it marked a watershed moment for the former minority-ruled country. Mandela, the standard bearer for the African Read More

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Op-Ed

South Africa’s Best Kept Secret

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – When Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress comrades were plotting to overthrow the White minority-rule apartheid regime in South Africa, Lilies Farm in Rivonia, just north of Johannesburg, served as their secret hideout. Read More

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Op-Ed

Remembering How Black South Africans Won their Freedom

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A trip to South Africa provides painful reminders of the protracted struggle to establish democracy, how the United States propped up the White minority-rule government and the courage Black South Africans demonstrated to win Read More

National

Mandela Said to Be ‘Much Better’ Than a Week Ago

[New York Times] JOHANNESBURG — Former President Nelson Mandela’s health is improving after nearly a week in the hospital being treated for pneumonia, South Africa’s government said on Wednesday. “President Nelson Mandela continues to make steady improvement in hospital,” said a statement released by the office of Read More