July 18, 2013 marks 95 years since the birth of South African colossus Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of the West Indies in 1991 – a recognition that he accepted on behalf of the African National Congress (ANC) and the people of South Africa. His visit to Jamaica generated great glee among people at all levels.
Born July 18, 1918, the South African senior statesman spoke about his own journey and that of his country at a time when apartheid was still being overcome. He recognised the importance of countries, like those in the West Indies that had stood firm for sanctions against the apartheid regime. And he emphasised the importance of education in the struggle.
The man who had been one of the world’s most famous prisoners and who, after his triumphant release, would be showered with honours and recognition worldwide as he led South Africa to a post-apartheid state, spoke at the UWI. To hear excerpts, please click below:
Audio courtesy of UWI Library of the Spoken Word