Nelson Mandela South Africa
The British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, leads tributes to Nelson Mandela as the former South African leader unveils a statue of himself opposite the Houses of Parliament.
From behind the grand colonial façade, a very different South Africa has emerged. A fusion of local traditions with some of the best of the west gathered for the launch of the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development and to hear children tell of how many still live in poverty without a decent education. From grade one until last year I never had shoes I went to school barefoot some of my friends do not read well my friends walk a long distance to school. It was to end such hardships for children that led to Mandela’s dream. Nosimo Balindlela: "He has always had this dream and today that dream has come into reality. Apartheid’s legacy has left many township schools on the edge, under funded and under resourced. Mandela’s institute, now a partner of UNICEF, will have its work cut out for it, helping youth break free from violence. Stuck between old ways, bad habits, and new temptations, many of South Africa's youth have fallen into a cycle of HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy and drugs. Sakhile Hans: Many people are not educated and because at our school we don't have security so people come here others have drugs and smoke here so that effects us a lot of people who don’t do drugs and who want to be something." If more isn't done, there are concerns that young people like these will end up helpless and hostile. Harry Belafonte: "A child without education is not only a helpless human being but eventually could develop into a hostile human being and if society does not pay more attention to the children at large then I think we will have a future that is going to continue to perpetuate chaos, problems tragedy and animosity between people. " But it is the power of partnerships, the quality of its leaders and institutes, that will take the country's youth forward.
More commonly known as "The Legend", written by Dan Hannon from New York City after he had listened to Nelson Mandela speak at the Yankee Stadium following his release from prison in 1990. The song title and lyrics are as the original written by Dan.
I went to see a legend
Just the other night
Down in Yankee Stadium
Underneath the lights
I heard an old man speak there
After years and years in jail
his name it was Mandela
and he came to tell his tale
Well the crowd cheered him loudly
Ah but then the silence fell
When he spoke of the hard years
In a South African cell
And although he was free now
His heart was still in pain
Because his country and his people
Still wore apartheids chains
He said he hoped that we would join him
As he walked down freedoms path
And that these miles would be the hardest
But they would be the last
And to join our hands together
So that we might be as one
try to find ourselves the courage
That this battle could be won
I went home that same evening
I fell a asleep and had a dream
I was standing in a cold rain
In a Irish field of green
And all around me headstones
Of the martyrs from the past
I was standing there in silence
When they spoke to me at last
Kevin Barry is my name
And I died in the hangmans noose
They wanted the names of my comrades
But this I would not do
And I am Roger Casement
And I died by Englands hand
For bringing German rifles
To the lonely Banna Strand
James Connolly is my name
The working people were my life
When they shot me down in Killmainham Jail
It brought great civil strife
And I am Padraig Pearse
I was murdered by the foe
Because I read the Proclamation
From the steps of the GPO
Well the last voice that I heard
Said my name is Bobby Sands
He said it good to hear Mandela words
Ringing through the land
I hope they hear him up in Belfast
In Derry and Tyrone
Maybe then those English soldiers
Will know its time to go home
I awoke in the morning
Nothing made sense at all
But then again whod believe
That theyd knock down the Berlin Wall
Or theyd freed Nelson Mandela
Oh could this really be
Maybe now we will see Ireland
Reunited and free
(repeat last 2 lines)
Written by Daniel Hannon
"Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We're asking you for 67 minutes."
This video documents the response South African Department of Health, officials, acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world. Distributed by Tubemogul.
Clint Eastwood's 'Invictus' tells the true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africas rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country.
A commercial for Nelson Mandela's "Anti-Apartide" detergent, a product that allows you to mix your whites and colors without ruining your clothes. Starring Derek Brantley as Nelson Mandela. Featuring S. Alexandra Kudroff, Dan Haley, George Loomis, and Terrill Ocona. Written by David Iscoe. Directed by Sasha Stewart and Jeff Wong. Produced by Dan Haley.
The Honorable James David Manning comments on Roland Martin's interview of Winnie Mandela. Recorded on 9 March 2010.
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Artist name: Golden Boy (Fospassin)
Song Title: Nelson Mandela
July 18, 2011 (1:54)
Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday is a big event for the whole world, as people celebrate by doing good deeds. But it comes amidst U.S.- SA tension.
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