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Long Walk to Freedom

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the unconditional release of Nelson Mandela from imprisonment, following the unbanning of the ANC and other organisations nine days previously.

The BBC website has a number of videos celebrating the occasion, while the Nelson Mandela Foundation celebrates the anniversary with a number of cartoons. The South Afrian parliament, which will open today for business at the time of Mandela’s release, has also resolved to ‘succeed in refining the role of parliament in society and the role of society in parliament’ as a means of paying tribute to Mandela. There’s also a newly-produced YouTube video with an archive ITN interview with Mandela and with footage of a 20th anniversary dinner filmed by Zindzi Mandela.

The programme of the Foundation itself calls for a celebration of the anniversary:

With a renewed commitment to working hard for South Africa’s democratic future

– and, we might add, from the perspective of the UK in election year, with a re-dedication to continuing that long walk until we achieve freedom for all people without regard to the colour of their skin.

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Written by Calvin

11/02/2010 at 3:57 pm

Posted in Equality, Politics

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