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.
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.
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.
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.