Friday, 06 December 2013
Nelson Mandela raises his fist to the crowd in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on April 1, 1990, just weeks after he was released from prison. Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
Recalling Nelson Mandela’s message on the ‘pursuit of equality’
It was a beautiful fall day and the trees, as they often are in the Northeast of the United States that time of year, were in full regalia, boasting vibrant yellow, gold, red and amber in the late-afternoon sun.
The day was Sept. 18, 1998, and I had just stepped onto the campus of Harvard University to attend an event that would leave a lasting impression on my 32-year-old mind.
The man I was there to see was Nelson Mandela, the president of South Africa. At the time, a special convocation ...