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Nelson Mandella 1918-2013

On this day, Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary, would have been 97. A year and a half ago, when he died, Bob Herbert (former New York Times columnist) wrote a remarkable piece about how history can swallow the work of … Continue reading

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June 16—forging political change/ transforming the world

Today is the anniversary of the Soweto uprisings, also known as June 16 (1976), the turning point for apartheid in South Africa. Starting as a peaceful protest by students against the enforced use of the Afrikaans language in the schools (Bantu … Continue reading

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RIP Madiba 1918-2013

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in … Continue reading

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Stephen Buntu Biko 1946-1977

Stephen Biko would have been 66 today. He was an anti-apartheid activist in the 60s and 70s, who founded the Black Consciousness movement which mobilized much of the South African black population. In 1968 he became the first president of … Continue reading

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