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Nelson Mandela Unveiled

On a lovely day in September, a celebratory atmosphere surrounded at the South African Embassy in Washington DC, where the new Nelson Mandela statue was to be unveiled.

It was a windy day and partway through the speeches, a strong breeze blew back the drape covering the statue, exposing the clenched fist of Nelson Mandela’s likeness. Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former President Mandela, remarked that it was just like her father to “unveil himself.”

The event was packed with politicians, activists and well-wishers who came to celebrate on the exact spot where thousands of people once protested apartheid and the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela.

At the statue’s feet is a plaque inscribed with part of his address to a joint session of Congress after his release from prison in 1990: “The stand you took established…that here we have friends…fighters against racism who feel hurt because we are hurt, who seek our success because they too seek the victory of democracy over tyranny. I speak…of the millions of people throughout this great land who stood up and engaged the apartheid system in struggle. Let us keep our arms locked together so that we form a solid phalanx against racism…Let us ensure that justice triumphs without delay.”

 

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