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  • Fulfilling the legacy of Nelson Mandela

    Fulfilling the legacy of Nelson Mandela
    "Isn't Mandela still president?" That startling question came from a homeless teenager in a Cape Town township during an interview in 2007, as I set off around South Africa to explore the meaning of freedom in the lives of young people. At first, I thought Jonathan was pulling my leg. A gangly 17-year-old, he loved to tease outsiders.
  • South Africa after Mandela

    South Africa after Mandela
    Nelson Mandela was one of the towering figures of the 20th century. Like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas K. Gandhi, he was revered around the globe for his vision and courage, and for the enormous personal sacrifices he made to right the wrongs that...

    South Africa struggles to live up to Nelson Mandela's legacy

    South Africa struggles to live up to Nelson Mandela's legacy
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nelson Mandela didn't coin the term "Rainbow Nation" or the phrase "Proudly South African." But the optimism, determination and compassion of the country at its best owed everything to him. In recent years, however,...

    Crowds mourn as Nelson Mandela's 'long walk is over'

    Crowds mourn as Nelson Mandela's 'long walk is over'
    SOWETO, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela’s "long walk" was over. His state memorial service Tuesday began with rousing cheers, and the words “Comrades! Long live the spirit of Nelson Mandela! Long live!” in the style of the liberation...

    Obama pays tribute to Nelson Mandela as a 'great soul'

    Obama pays tribute to Nelson Mandela as a 'great soul'
    SOWETO, South Africa -- South Africans cheered rapturously as President Obama paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela at a state memorial service Tuesday, calling him a "great soul" who inspired the U.S. leader and millions of others to be better people....