As you know by now, Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95 years old. I want to share links about Madiba that I tweeted out last night. The Internet is full with tributes to the first black president of South Africa. I will only add that Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner - that context should never be forgotten - he was imprisoned for nearly thirty years for his political beliefs that was in sharp contrast to the South African white supremacy that manifested itself through apartheid. He will be remembered for being a man of peace, a man who did not hold on to anger or bitterness after spending twenty-seven years imprisoned for his role in bringing about a South Africa free from the shackles of apartheid through armed stuggle. As we bear witness to the many tributes and shared memories of Nelson Mandela - we must not forget his militancy, that he was a freedom fighter...and that he was a political prisoner. We can honor his legacy by raising awareness to the plight of political prisoners held by America - and supporting their release. This post will be continually updated with new content via links on Nelson Mandela.
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This is a link to a memorial page for Mandela at a South Africa paper - Mail & Guardian
To see all that is happening at Nelson Mandela's memorial service: as it happened
An article about Mandela entitled Freedom Fighter Madiba: Let's Not Forget The Mandela Who Prepared To Defeat Apartheid With Arms
South African President Jacob Zuma announces Mandela's death
Statement from Thabo Mbeki on Mandela's death
Ohio University Professor Zakes Mda wrote an OP-ED in the New York Times titled: The Contradictions of Mandela
Letter addressed to the Minister of Justice from Robben Island Prison
South African Broadcasting Company (SABC) coverage of Nelson Mandela
The Guardian coverage of Nelson Mandela
Watch the FRONTLINE documentary: The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela online.