An excellent tribute to Madiba, from my good friend, the author Karen Cole.

Karen L. Cole

1456056_10151759500757172_962390199_nOn Thursday, Nelson Mandela died at 95, a much-expected but still terribly sad event. Much has been written and said over the past while about his contributions to the world, and more will be said at the memorial service tomorrow and the state funeral on Sunday, but I must add my own insights. Like so many others, we followed the struggle against apartheid, and remember that Sunday morning in 1990 when Mandela was at last released from Robben Island. We rejoiced at his election in ’94, where blacks turned out in great numbers to vote, many for the first time. I remember telling my 18-year-old students to emulate them, because in Canada they could so easily vote; in fact, there was a polling station in our school. But many didn’t bother.

When John and I had a year off from teaching in ’95-’96, the centerpiece of our fall travels was…

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