Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Letters to Mandela

via BBC:

“South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95.

Mr Mandela led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities…”


Rest in Power. Links and resources below:

President Jacob Zuma’s announcement (via BBC)

Zuma’s announcement (video via PBS):

President Barack Obama speaks on Mandela (via PBS):

Detroit Black Journal covers Mandela’ visit to the United States (via American Black Journal, h/t Peter Alegi Twitter)


Geledés Instituto da Mulher Negra on Mandela (short biography) (Portuguese)

The blog Africa is a Country invites contributors for songs both about Mandela and in tribute to him and his legacy. They are also tweeting and curating the hashtag #SongsForMandela

South African Reflections via AfroPop Worldwide (AUDIO)

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela by Pulitzer Winner David Turnley (via Time)


Afrique du Sud : décès de Nelson Mandela, héros de la lutte contre l’apartheid (France 24)

For more links and resources follow African Diaspora, Ph.D. on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Featured Image Credit: “Send a letter to Mandela,” a selection of letters sent to Mandela in prison for his 70th birthday (1988). Courtesy of Europeana (h/t The Appendix Blog for tweeting the image); March 1980, cover of the Sunday Post: “In March 1980, South Africa’s Sunday Post newspaper published a petition for the release of Nelson Mandela. The British Anti-Apartheid Movement produced a campaign in support, which was endorsed by trade unions, artists, academics and many members of the British Parliament;” Nelson Mandela & his wife salute crowds upon his release from prison on Feb 11, 1990. By Alexander Joe (via @AFP, h/t Historical Pics on Twiter)

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