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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world. Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war, eventually becoming South Africa’s first black president. Nelson Mandela died Thursday, December 5, 2013, at age 95.

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Nelson Mandela during a 1993 visit to Los Angeles (Axel Koester / Los Angeles Times)

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Dean has audio of a conversation he had with Sir Ian McKellen about Nelson Mandela. He also talks about entertainment news surrounding “The Sound of Music” and the death of an original “Sound of Music” actress, Eleanor Parker.

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Nelson Mandela during a 1993 visit to Los Angeles (Axel Koester / Los Angeles Times)

Steve Cochran reflects on Obama’s Mandela Memorial speech and on the rest of Mandela’s life achievements.

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Mandela heads into parliament May 9, 1994, shortly before the new majority officially voted to appoint him president. (Los Angeles Times photo)

President Obama spoke of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s legacy of making peace by getting them to trust each other. Obama spoke at the memorial for Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Chicago Tribune editorial writer Clarence Page recounts his memories of Nelson Mandela and his profound effects on South Africa.

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Mandela heads into parliament May 9, 1994, shortly before the new majority officially voted to appoint him president. (Los Angeles Times photo)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel signs a condolence book regarding the death of Nelson Mandela at the South African Consulate General.

Douglas Foster is the author of After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa. He is on to talk about the implications of Nelson Mandela’s death on South Africa (and the rest of the world.) He believes this is a great chance to keep Mandela’s goals alive and to think again about freedom in society.

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For more information on Foster’s book, click here.

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Nelson Mandela during a 1993 visit to Los Angeles (Axel Koester / Los Angeles Times)

Nelson Mandela has died at age 95, South African President Jacob Zuma announced Thursday.

Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world.

Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war.

“The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come,” Mandela said in his acceptance speech on becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

“We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation.”

Click here for more on this story from the Chicago Tribune.

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Nelson Mandela during a 1993 visit to Los Angeles (Axel Koester / Los Angeles Times)

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