Nelson Mandela

  This coming Saturday, Nov 22 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM at the GE Theater at Proctor's there will be a musical and artistic celebration of Nelson Mandela and what was learned from him. There will be several live performances from South African musicians and performers.

Here to tell us more are Marie Bosman, event organizer, and Michael Burns from Mopco - the theater improve company from Schenectady, who will do an interactive event with the audience about what they have learned from Mandela.

      In His Day is Done, Maya Angelou delivers an authentically heartfelt and elegant tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, who stood as David to the mighty Goliath of Apartheid and who, after twenty-seven years of unjust imprisonment on the notorious Robben Island, emerged with “His stupendous heart intact / His gargantuan will / Hale and hearty” to lead his people into a new era.

Maya Angelou joins us to discuss the poem and the loss of a man she feels fortunate to have called a friend.

Herbert London: The Nelson Mandela Legacy

Jan 8, 2014

In life, Nelson Mandela was admired; in death, he is venerated. As time passes, his life story is evolving from hagiography to beatification. There is something to admire in a man who stood by his convictions and altered the course of history by destroying the hateful apartheid institution. But the Mandela story has been so sanitized, it has lost any relationship to the truth.

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    The world is mourning Nelson Mandela.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Mandela’s legacy will be hard to match.

Nelson Mandela / South Africa The Good News

Leaders from around the world gathered in South Africa today to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died Friday at age 95. 

Nelson Mandela’s life of 95 years is being honored in Soweto today. But before Mandela was a sainted founding father of modern South Africa, he was a political prisoner in nation split by apartheid.  Local activists still remember the day 32 years ago when the city of Albany briefly took center stage in the struggle.

In his remarks today at the gathering honoring Mandela, President Barack Obama made a passing reference to the Springboks.

UAlbany Set To Announce Ford Successor

Dec 10, 2013
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The University at Albany football team has a new coach. Maryland's assistant head coach Greg Gattuso, and former Duquesne head coach, will take over for Bob Ford. He’s expected to be introduced at a 3:30 p.m. news conference this afternoon. Gattuso got a five-year contract with a $230,000 annual base salary.

Albany Law School Dean Penny Andrews grew up in apartheid South Africa. Years later, Nelson Mandela wrote the foreword to her book The Post-Apartheid Constitutions: Perspectives on South Africa's Basic Law. In 2005, Dean Andrews was a finalist for a vacancy on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court on the country’s constitutional matters.

Nelson Mandela / South Africa The Good News

Today on Vox Pop, we open the phones for a remembrance of human rights icon and former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at age 95.

You can post your questions and comments here, on our Facebook page, tweet us @WAMCVoxPop, email, or call 1-800-348-2551.

Regional Reaction To Mandela's Death

Dec 6, 2013


Former South African President Nelson Mandela died Thursday at 95. There have been thousands of tributes in the hours since. Here are some remembrances from elected officials in our region:

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Dec 6, 2013

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about how the world is reacting to the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

South Africa's president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Jacob Zuma says "we've lost our greatest son."

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South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela has now spent a month in the hospital.

As visitors from around the world share an outpouring of love and support for South Africa’s first democratically elected president, there has also been a question of what his legacy will mean for both South Africa and the world.

Albany Law School Dean Penelope "Penny" Andrews grew up and began studying law in apartheid South Africa before coming to the U.S. in the 1980’s.

The new book, After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa, provides a sobering portrait of a country caught between a democratic future and a political meltdown. Douglas Foster, a leading South Africa authority with early, unprecedented access to President Zuma and to the next generation in the Mandela family, traces the nation’s entire post-apartheid arc.