Tag: nelson mandela

On Madiba’s birthday, a call to reflect, volunteer

On Madiba’s birthday, a call to reflect, volunteer

| July 14, 2016

(GIN)—“Nelson Mandela International Day”—formalized by the U.N. General Assembly in November 2009—recalls the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom on his birthday, July 18. It comes as Americans reflect on a wrenching week of race-related violence and the undeniable evidence of the persistence of intolerance that Mandela devoted his […]

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Tribute overflow from African leaders, citizens, others worldwide

Tribute overflow from African leaders, citizens, others worldwide

(GIN)—He was adored by hundreds of millions on the continent but Muhammed Ali was much much more.  He championed Africa’s cause, seeking to change the bleak views held by many outside the continent—a place whose accomplishments were cruelly omitted from school textbooks. Ali’s voice was already finding an international audience even before the match that […]

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Mandela statue casts long shadow over unfree Palestine

Mandela statue casts long shadow over unfree Palestine

(GIN)—Now that the media circus has moved on, a bronze statue of Nelson Mandela is a curious icon standing impressively tall in the well to do city of Ramallah, the economic capital of Palestine. Weighing two metric tons and rising 19 feet towards the sky, the bronze likeness of Mandela stands straight, with his right […]

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A $5 million prize fails to tempt wealthy African leaders

A $5 million prize fails to tempt wealthy African leaders

| March 8, 2016

(GIN)—Philanthropist Mo Ibrahim is finding it hard to reward a democratically elected African leader who serves his or her constitutionally mandated term (without last minute changes) and demonstrates exceptional leadership. The five million dollar prize is just too small for such a commitment. Money held by some of Africa’s richest leaders outsizes the modest reward […]

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The transformative legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., in 2016

The transformative legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., in 2016

| January 13, 2016

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA News Wire Columnist There is no debate concerning the irrefutable fact that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest leaders recognized, admired and affirmed by millions of people across America and throughout the world. King’s activism and leadership changed America and the world, as […]

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Recognizing importance, prominence of the Dr. King Holiday

Recognizing importance, prominence of the Dr. King Holiday

| January 12, 2016

By Clifford F. Buttram Jr. Special to Frost Illustrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work, 1955-1965 Undoubtedly, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. changed America’s moral, constitutional and social heading in the span of 10 years. From 1955 to 1965, his tireless efforts are still not fully understood nor are they properly framed for us to […]

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Archbishop Tutu’s Legacy Foundation recalls close friendship with Jimmy Carter

Archbishop Tutu’s Legacy Foundation recalls close friendship with Jimmy Carter

| August 25, 2015

(GIN)—In a note from the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation , the South Africa-based organization expressed its concern for former President Jimmy Carter, now battling an advanced stage of cancer. Archbishop Tutu is similarly struggling with cancer and has been in and out of the hospital. Carter, who considered himself a friend of Africa, […]

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South African artists, writers demand UK leader leave rights bill untouched

South African artists, writers demand UK leader leave rights bill untouched

| July 21, 2015

(GIN)—Plans by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to dismantle a critical piece of human rights legislation has sparked a firestorm among activists including many South African anti-apartheid icons who expressed outrage that the plans were announced just prior to July 18, Mandela Day. Cameron’s Conservative party wants to scrap the Human Rights Act in favor […]

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Zimbabwe health activist joins 500 in U.S. for Obama’s flagship Africa program

Zimbabwe health activist joins 500 in U.S. for Obama’s flagship Africa program

(GIN)–Where some business school graduates nurse dreams of wealth and glory, Vimbiso Mashumba has been building health care systems to help women and children in Zimbabwe. The young entrepreneur runs a rural clinic that combats high levels of mother to child transmission of HIV and other HIV related issues. She also co-founded a school-building program–Love […]

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Winnie Mandela lays claim to Madiba’s estate, opening old wound

Winnie Mandela lays claim to Madiba’s estate, opening old wound

| December 19, 2014

(GIN)—Last December, Madiba’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and his last wife, Graca Machel, were seen comforting each other in the wake of the statesman’s death. The warmth has cooled, if not frozen over, as Winnie opens a court fight for the estate of the former president, the validity of the will, and the legitimacy of the […]

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