A charge to keep, that’s what Mr. President Rolihlahla “Nelson” Mandela had.
May his life inspire and inflame the charge you must champion.
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Before Nelson Mandela packed the Oakland Coliseum during a 1990 tour, students at UC Berkeley had for years been staging protests over Mandela’s imprisonment and led the charge for an international movement to end apartheid.
In 1985 Pedro Noguera was student body president, a few months prior, the campus had commemorated the twenty-year anniversary of the Free Speech Movement and students were wondering what their legacy was going to be when the anti-apartheid protests took off.
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Mandela, Noguera said, seemed so far removed at the time.
“He was an iconic but mythical figure because he had been in prison for so long,” he said
“I remember thinking ‘it would be great if he came out’ but no one really thought that he would come out…
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