Nelson Mandela

The State of Things
11:15 am
Mon December 16, 2013

A Journey From Klan Country To South Africa

James Joseph

James Joseph grew up in the heart of Klan country in Louisiana.

He vowed to one day earn the respect of the racist leaders. Years later, he became the first ambassador to South Africa to present his credentials to Nelson Mandela. Host Frank Stasio talks to James Joseph, professor emeritus of the practice of public policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

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Politics & Government
10:44 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Duke Prof: Nelson Mandela Asked Me To Take a Picture With Him

Nelson Mandela (left) with Mary and James Joseph
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Nelson Mandela was a global icon who had an incredible humility. And one of the interesting things I remember about my experience is that when I presented my credentials to Mandela, as the U.S. Ambassador, he invited my wife and I to have tea with him afterwards. And we were sitting there, both of us thinking, ‘How do we approach asking Mr. Mandela to take a picture with us?’

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Mandela Memorials
7:46 am
Fri December 13, 2013

The Triangle And Triad Will Celebrate Mandela With Prayers And Drums

Groups across the Triangle and Triad will celebrate the life of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.
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Celebrations will commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela this weekend across the Piedmont. The former South African President died last week at the age of 95.

Deborah Blackman is President of the South African Tarheels, one of the groups coordinating the memorials.  She says the respect Mandela earned as a prisoner and as a political leader still resonates across the world.

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Politics & Government
11:35 am
Mon December 9, 2013

BBC Reporter Recalls Connection To Nelson Mandela

Audrey Brown at work
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"This is amazing," Audrey Brown thought. She was on a boat, speeding to Robben Island, the prison that had held South Africa's most famous political prisoner for more than twenty-five years. And the man himself, Nelson Mandela, was sitting a few feet away. Though he was South Africa's President at the time, his thoughts were personal. He talked about the first time he arrived by boat to the prison. The water that day was choppy he said. He knew that day that he would not be released for years, if ever.

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Politics & Government
10:32 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Franklin Graham Calls Nelson Mandela A 'Man Of Forgiveness'

Franklin Graham (right) speaks at an event in Northern Thailand.
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Franklin Graham is joining many well known North Carolinians in expressing his condolences on the passing of Nelson Mandela. The Christian evangelist and son of Billy Graham spoke with WUNC News Friday.  The younger Graham said he will remember Mandela as a freedom fighter, and man of forgiveness. "The South African regime under Apartheid was afraid of him." says Franklin Graham.  "But they didn’t need to be afraid of him. Because when he came out of prison he never, never tried to be vindictive. He never tried to go back and get even. Nelson Mandela looked forward looked forward not backward.

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Politics & Government
7:56 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Duke Professor Emeritus Remembers Nelson Mandela

James A. Joseph was U.S. Ambassador to South Africa during Nelson Mandela's presidency.
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North Carolinians are joining leaders around the world in remembering Nelson Mandela's legacy. The former South African president died Thursday in Johannesburg. He was 95. Those who watched Mandela emerge from decades of captivity to national leader say he brought a charm  not found in most political figures.

James Joseph is professor emeritus at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy. He served as U.S. ambassador to South Africa during much of Mandela's presidency.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Greensboro Band Phive Releases Tribute Song To Nelson Mandela

Phive is a band based in Greensboro.
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Greensboro band Phive has released a new single dedicated to Nelson Mandela. They made the announcement yesterday on Mandela Day, the birthday of the South African leader. Phive spoke with PRI's the World from WUNC's studios in Durham. You can listen to the interview here.

Here's the music video of their new song, "Madiba."

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State of Things
11:09 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Saving Nelson Mandela

When law professor Kenneth Broun began learning about the 1963 trial of Nelson Mandela, he was startled to discover the South African leader was expected to be put to death. Mandela spent 27 years in prison, but he eventually got out and became president.

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