First Lady Michelle Obama & Daughters Visit Nelson Mandela

The First Lady Speaks About Meeting Nelson Mandela

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  1. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election in 1994. He was born 18 July 1918 in South Africa. Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life in prison. Mandela served 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island. He was released on February, 11th in 1990.

    • 1. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela helped fight apartheid and segregation, this means that he helped open peoples eyes about racism (in africa and all around the world) and how it’s wrong. Because back then Black or coloured people were classified as different from whatsome white people thought at the time was the superior race.
      2. Nelson Mandela became an international symbol against apartheid and a hero to many. He ended up winning the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize because of his dedication to help erase racism.

  2. Campaign to Bring Sara Baartman Home

    Campaign to Bring Sara Baartman Home Chris McGreal, writing for The Guardian (February 21, 2002) says Sara Baartman was “largely forgotten until interest in her fate revived with the end of apartheid in South Africa and the Khoisan peoples attempts to reassert their identity.”

    In 1994, South Africa’s President Nelson Mandela joined a campaign to bring her home and asked his French counterpart François Mitterand to release her remains. After years of stonewalling, Sara Baartman was returned to her homeland and buried on South Africa’s Women’s Day, August 9, 2002, in the area of her birth, the Gamtoos River Valley in the Eastern Cape.

    At the burial, South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki said “The story of Sara Baartman is the story of the African people.

    “It is the story of the loss of our ancient freedom…It is the story of our reduction to the state of objects who could be owned, used, and discarded by others.”

  3. If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

    ~Nelson Mandela

  4. Ametia says:

    I can’t stop looking at the photos of our First Black First Lady andher daughters with Mr. Mandela. This is sweet HISTORY.


    A historic first meeting between South Africa’s first black president, and the first black First Lady of the US…
    In Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama had a historic first meeting with Nelson Mandela, the revered anti-apartheid icon and South Africa’s first black president. Accompanied by family members, Mrs. Obama and Mandela met in his home in the Houghton neighborhood of Johannesburg, which is located close to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which houses his personal papers and other historic documents. In the photo, above, Mrs. Obama and Mandela read his newest book, “Nelson Mandela by Himself.”

    Now 92, Mandela has largely disappeared from public view for many months due to illness. He has been so ill, in fact, that the White House declined to say in advance of Mrs. Obama’s travels if the meeting would actually occur. But according aides traveling with Mrs. Obama, Mandela sent word as Mrs. Obama and her party toured the Foundation that he wanted to meet.

    Mrs. Obama and Mandela had not previously met, but in 2005, Mandela, who was president from 1994-99, met with then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama in Washington, DC. A cellphone photo of the two captured the occasion, and is now in Mandela’s office, aides to the First Lady said. Daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 10, accompanied their mother to Mandela’s home, as did Mrs. Obama’s own mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, as well as a nephew, Avery Robinson, 19, and a niece, Leslie Robinson, 15. They are the children of Mrs. Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson.

    During their visit to the Foundation, representatives Sello Hatang and Sahm Venter presented Mrs. Obama with Mandela’s new book (above).

    Last July, former President Bill Clinton visited in honor of Mandela’s birthday, and the Foundation aims to use the “history, values, vision and the respect harnessed by Mr. Mandela to provide a platform for public discourse on important social issues,” according to the White House. Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, is the former first lady of Mozambique.

    Mandela was held prisoner for 27 years at Robben Island, which Mrs. Obama will also visit during her trip.

    Mrs. Obama’s meeting with Mandela required a schedule change; a planned meeting with Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, wife of President Jacob Zuma, was to start the First Lady’s day, but was put off until later in the morning. Mrs. Zuma is one of three presidential wives.

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  8. First lady Michelle Obama, with daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, center, read from “The Cat in the Hat,” by Dr. Seuss, during their visit to the Emthonjeni Community Center in Zandspruit Township, Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, June 21, 2011

  9. First lady Michelle Obama, along with her mother Marian Robinson, back to camera center, daughters Malia and Sasha, second and third from left, nephew Avery Robinson, fourth from left, and niece Leslie Robinson, rear center, dance with children and caretakers as they visit the Emthonjeni Community Center in Zandspruit Township, Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

    • Ametia says:

      Look at Grandma Robinson, cutting a rug! LOl these photos are priceless with the beautiful children of Johannesburg.

  10. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama dances with children as she visits the Emthonjeni Community Center in Zandspruit Township, Johannesburg, June 21, 2011

  11. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by daughters Sasha (C) and Malia, visits the Emthonjeni Community Center in Zandspruit Township, Johannesburg, June 21, 2011. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, kicking off her own symbolic trip to Africa by meeting one of the continent’s most revered leaders.

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