The Legacy of Mandela and the Unfinished Freedom Struggle in South Africa

The Anti-Apartheid Underground: Ronnie Kasrils on Meeting Nelson Mandela in an ANC Safe House in 1962

As thousands of mourners line up to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela, we go to Johannesburg to speak with longtime anti-apartheid activist Ronnie Kasrils. A founder of the armed … Read More →

From Marxism to Neoliberalism: Ronnie Kasrils on How Mandela & ANC Shifted Economic Views

Speaking from Johannesburg, leading anti-apartheid activist and former South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils discusses the evolution of the African National Congress’ … Read More →

The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa

As the world focuses on Tuesday’s historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why … Read More →

President Obama: Nelson Mandela “Freed Not Just the Prisoner, But the Jailer As Well”

Tens of thousands gathered at the FNP Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg today for a memorial to honor Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95. Nearly 100 heads of state … Read More →

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff: Mandela Gave World “An Unmatched Example of Humanism”

At today’s memorial for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was among the foreign leaders to honor the former South African president and anti- … Read More →

Cuba’s Raúl Castro Praises Nelson Mandela’s “Unwavering Dedication to the Revolutionary Struggle”

Cuban President Raúl Castro was among the speakers at today’s memorial to Nelson Mandela. In an unprecedented exchange, President Obama shook Castro’s hand as he made his way to …Read More →

Desmond Tutu’s Lively Tribute to Nelson Mandela: “He Gave Us an Incredible Gift”

Former archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Desmond Tutu attended today’s memorial for Nelson Mandela, but did not speak. But he led a lively tribute Monday evening to … Read More →

“A Pan-Africanist Hero”: Nelson Mandela Remembered by African Union Commission Chairwoman

African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first woman to lead the organization, spoke at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. She is a former anti- … Read More →

Poet Maya Angelou’s Tribute to Nelson Mandela: We Lift Our Tearful Voices to Say ‘Thank You’

We end our special coverage of the Nelson Mandela memorial with a video message delivered by the renowned poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou in his memory. They first met in 1962 before … Read More →

The Last Mile: an intimate portrait of Nelson Mandela in 1992

Prayers of remembrance for Nelson Mandela held across South Africa

World mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela

Barack Obama pays tribute to Nelson Mandela: ‘He belongs to the ages’

‘For many he was saint-like, but in fact he was a canny politician’