Our memories of that night and the experience of being in a room with President Castro were so impactful that many minds
If to live is to suffer, as Tolstoy understood so well, then to persevere is to find meaning in one's suffering. Does hardship make us beasts, Tolstoy asks, or better human beings? Do we continually focus on getting what we think we want, or on making something meaningful out of what we have, no matter how miniscule or shabby it might seem?
Since 2008, Mandela Day has become an international celebration of public service.
In many ways South African design mirrors the county's remarkable recent political history, emerging as it has from turbulent times and international isolation to create a vibrant synthesis of the traditional and modern: the African and the European.
The unforeseeable can happen to everyone -- including to those who help create great art.
South Africans Celebrate Twenty Years of Freedom and Democracy: A Reflection on Nelson Mandela's Legacy
Mfundi Vundla: Freedom means living in a democratic society where democratic institutions will protect my rights, and whereby
South Africans Celebrate Twenty Years of Freedom and Democracy: A Reflection on Nelson Mandela's Legacy, Part 2
My third interview was with Gita Pather, the Director of Theatre at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
For 67 years the late Mr. Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity -- as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker, and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa, my homeland.
The media just love anniversaries. But I'm wondering how many mass media outlets will pick up on a confluence of two such commemorations this coming week -- a 50th and a 20th -- which mark separate major events in the long life of a recently departed global giant.
"I am afraid that, in South Africa, we have not done with our freedom what we said we were going to do. And that makes it now the worst of times because it is a great disillusion."
Our vision has not changed -- we are still working toward changing the political landscape. We are still campaigning for
At nine I realized it was a grave injustice for Nelson Mandela to be locked in prison for 27 years since he advocated for all who inhabited the land that his ancestors lived for centuries have the freedom and democracy that everyone deserves in their home country.
Now, as the music and story of John Wizards gets passed around the music world, this South African band will take their sound global.
Seeing Mandela the movie was another occasion, beyond the funeral, to reflect on what South African experiences have to teach the world.