Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela On The Death Of Yasser Arafat


On November 11, 2004, the Palestinian Liberation Organization confirmed the death of its Chairman, Yasser Arafat, at the age of 75. In this video, Nelson Mandela remembers Arafat, saying: “He was an icon in the proper sense of the word. He was not only concerned with the liberation of the … Continue reading

1994 South African General Election
Matt Damon Describes Meeting Nelson Mandela

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Academy Award winning writer and actor Matt Damon describes meeting Nelson Mandela for a second time with his kids on Anderson Cooper. In this interview, he describes how his kids were fixated on Mandela and seemed to sense his powerful aura–even through a door.  

Recalling Nelson Mandela


Author: Okavango Delta “Everyone’s face was streaked from crying, creased with giant smiles…We left as current and former South Africans, equal in the eyes of the law and humanity.” I say “My Nelson Mandela” because we all have an intellectual, emotional, political relationship with Nelson Mandela and all that he stood … Continue reading

1995 Rugby World Cup
‘Sport Does Play a Part in Politics’

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Irish broadcaster George Hook remembers being very moved during the 1995 Rugby World Cup game when South Africa defeated New Zealand and the newly elected first black South African president, Nelson Mandela, came out into the stadium in a South African Springboks team jersey to hand the trophy to the … Continue reading

1995 Rugby World Cup
‘One Team, One Country’

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South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar during the 1995 Rugby World Cup describes Nelson Mandela’s aura and many virtues: “He’s such a humble person.” Pienaar says Mandela, also known as “Madiba,” would often phone him during the ’95 Rugby World Cup game in order to check-in with the team and … Continue reading

On Mandela’s Death: ‘I Cried Myself to Sleep’

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Nelson Mandela’s close friend, Ebrahim Moolla, reacts to Mandela’s death on December 5, 2013 and reflects on their meaningful friendship. Mandela used Moolla’s apartment as the secret headquarters for his early revolutionary activities defying racial segregation in South Africa. Moolla explains why defying Apartheid was a cause that he and … Continue reading

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural Address

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After spending a significant portion of his life in prison for his anti-apartheid activism, on May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black democratically elected president. This video includes his entire inaugural address where he speaks of hope, liberty and joy. He talks about his desire … Continue reading