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Today we humbly honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, and a leader in the struggle against racial oppression and apartheid. He dedicated his life to building a better world based on racial equality and justice. #Mandela100
At the request of former President Mandela, LDF's fifth Director-Counsel Ted Shaw led several delegations to South Africa. Mr. Mandela asked LDF to help train Black South African lawyers, because there was no history of experience with constitutional litigation, in South Africa.
Mr. Mandela's speech from the dock in his trial at Rivonia in 1964 remains one of the most powerful, moving and riveting public statements of personal commitment to the fight for justice and equality. #Mandela100 #MandelaDay

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Nelson Mandela at 100: a celebration of the life of the revolutionary activist — and a first look at his soon-to-be-released prison letters. Hosted by us, @wwnorton, @LiverightPub, and @SymphonySpace on 7/9. In collaboration w/ the @nytimes. #Mandela100…
Mandela’s Words Cut Through Prison Walls: The South African freedom fighter’s letters from prison remind us that the separation of families is the ultimate expression of state power. by @tayari Jones
VIDEO: Four former political prisoners, including Angela Davis, @tolokno of @pussyrrriot, @RafaelMdeMorais and @joshuawongcf read excerpts from Nelson #Mandela’s unpublished letters from prison… via @nytimes
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1. #Mandela100 #Sisulu100 Vawda: Today we are celebrating the life and times of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, two stalwarts of the liberation struggle who were born 100 years ago. Both were products of social and historical contexts and conditions of their time.
2. #Mandela100 #Sisulu100 Vawda: And in celebrating their lives, all they struggled for, and all they achieved it is important to understand the world that moulded them.
3. #Mandela100 #Sisulu100 Vawda: In 1918 the year of their birth, it had been five years since the passing of the 1913 Natives Land Act. The 1913 Natives Land Act was the most significant piece of legislation in the dispossession of our land by the white minority.
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