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Basic Black: A Revolutionary Who Championed Reconciliation

December 6, 2013

Today the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. The 95 year old former South African president died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday night.  Basic Black pauses to remember the man who brought democratic rule and an end to apartheid to South Africa, and who embraced the city of Boston as a partner in the struggle for human rights.

Willard Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, MIT and co-founder of TransAfrica
Zine Magubane, Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston College and South African native
-  Kim McLarin, cultural commentator and Assistant Professor of Writing, Emerson College
-  Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University
-  Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News

(Photo:  In this Dec. 7, 2005 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, 87, is in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, where he met with the winner and runner-up of the local "Idols" competition. AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File.)