11 February 2010

Free Madiba ~ Long Walk to the Rainbow Nation!

Madiba -- Nelson Mandela -- was convicted of treason and sabotage in 1964 with a life sentence. On 11 February 1990 -- two decades ago, today -- he was finally released from prison. Mandela and FW de Klerk shared in winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. And in the 1994 first free all-races elections in South African history, Mandela was elected President. Epic! As his autobiography calls it, a Long Walk to Freedom and to building a new, ever-more prosperous Rainbow Nation. One of my favorite late-1980s songs was "Free Nelson Mandela" -- and it actually happened!

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