evening, December 11, the life and legacy of President Nelson Mandela,
also affectionately known as Madiba, was celebrated in a lengthy service
at New York City’s Riverside Church. In partnership with the New York office of the South African Consulate
General, the vast and majestic Riverside Church welcomed dozens of
consulate members and other special guests and dignitaries among the
nearly 4,000 attendees.
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.
After symbolic stops at two islands—Goree, off the coast of Senegal
where he stood in the “door of no return” and Robben Island, off the
coast of Cape Town, where he visited the cell occupied by Nelson Mandela
for 18 of his 27 years behind bars for his anti-apartheid
struggle—President Obama took to the mainland with a speech at Cape Town
University last Sunday.