Yesterday, thousands of world leaders, celebrities and “regular people”
from around the globe gathered to say goodbye to South Africa’s first
Black president and head of the ANC, Nelson Mandela. The leader of the anti-apartheid
movement, who courageously served a 27-year jail sentence in the name of
justice, was 95.
As the nation mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela, South African icon and leader of the
anti-apartheid movement, we are reminded of African-American
Harvard-educated lawyer, author and political activist Randall Robinson
and his tireless fight for the release of Mandela. Through his
platform, TransAfrica, Robinson called for not only Mandela's release
from prison, but also fought to help get the wheels in motion to
end the reign of apartheid.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker has won the U.S. Senate seat after a special election in New Jersey yesterday. The victory makes Booker the first-ever African American U.S.
Senator from New Jersey and the first African American to be elected to
the Senate since Barack Obama in 2004.
Tributes to the power and influence of Democratic strategist Bill Lynch, who joined the ancestors last week, come in a variety of ways. Lynch, who became known as "the rumpled genius" after helping David N. Dinkins get elected as NYC mayor in 1989, was 72. Here, he is remembered by reporter Herb Boyd.