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Poem: Nelson Mandela, 'An Ordinary Man'

Dec 13, 2013

On Sunday, South Africans will lay to rest the remains of Nelson Mandela.

The legacy left by the activist and political prisoner who transformed a nation and became president is being remembered by politicians, historians and artists.

Among them is Thabiso Mohare, a young South African spoken word artist who performs under the name Afurakan. He wrote a poem for NPR about Mandela called "An Ordinary Man."

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Update, 12:09 p.m. Wednesday: President Obama eulogized Nelson Mandela Tuesday at his memorial service in Johannesburg.

Helen Giddings, a state representative from Dallas, met with Mandela half a dozen times on her many trips to South Africa. Giddings is South Africa’s Honorary Consul to Texas.

She wasn’t able to get to Johannesburg in time for the service, but she talked with KERA about Mandela’s leadership and capacity for love.

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Former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela turned 95 Thursday and North Texas held a party in his honor.

Memories Of Mandela

Jul 18, 2013

Volunteers across North Texas will help observe Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday with the 67 Minutes project – a minute of public service for every year the Nobel laureate’s spent as a human rights lawyer, prisoner, peacemaker and as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. Commentator Lee Cullum shares memories of meeting Mandela a year before he won the position.