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.
Nelson Mandela’s unifying spirit reached all the way to New York City
last Saturday at the National Action Network (NAN) where the Rev. Al
Sharpton shared the rostrum with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and William
Bratton, the newly appointed police commissioner.
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.
Yesterday evening, news broke that South African icon Nelson Mandela had passed away at the age of 95. Here, journalist and author Herb Boyd offers a personal reflection of Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba, his tribal name.
Years ago, the landscape of the Chicago business sector was thriving
with an array of businesses owned by African Americans. The city is home
to the groundbreaking Ebony magazine, owned by John H. Johnson, a
self-made magazine publisher and trailblazer in the publishing industry.
His success led to a groundswell of other African Americans eager to
own their own businesses. But these success stories may be a thing of the past.