Tag: nelson mandela

Mugabe blames Mandela for leaving country to whites

Mugabe blames Mandela for leaving country to whites

| September 20, 2017

(GIN)—Thanks to the former South African leader, “Everything (today) is in the whites’ hands.” That was the harsh judgement of the legacy of President Nelson Mandela heard this week at a rally in Zimbabwe. It provoked a media whirlwind that rocked southern Africa. “The most important thing for (Mandela) was his release from prison and […]

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Namibian freedom fighters, founder of SWAPO passes

Namibian freedom fighters, founder of SWAPO passes

| June 19, 2017

(GIN)—Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, former Robben Island prisoner, hero and icon of Namibia’s struggle for self-determination, passed away June 9. He was 93 years old. He was a man of strong beliefs and convictions, the African National Congress said. “Comrade Toivo dedicated his life to the fight against oppression by the then South Africa […]

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Winnie Mandela—called an ‘everlasting beauty’—turns 80

Winnie Mandela—called an ‘everlasting beauty’—turns 80

| September 20, 2016

(GIN)—Winnie Madikizela-Mandela reached octogenarian status this month and marked it at a celebratory party surrounded by top officials, musicians and family members. She shared her special day with well-wishers at the renowned Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town last Wednesday. Among the guests were first lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma, Winnie’s daughter Zindzi Mandela, Julius Malema […]

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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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