Monday, January 4, 2010
Reading Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
After seeing INVICTUS with Mary Jo a couple of weeks ago, I ordered Mandela's book. It's enormous and quite the slog at first (the small print is hard on these aging eyes), but when you get past the first 100 pages or so, it takes off like a rocket and never lets you go.
One reviewer said that every person alive should read it. That's an amazing statement, but I agree.
When I was a teenager I read HOUSE OF BONDAGE by Ernest Cole.
It's about apartheid in South Africa, with lots of photos showing the deplorable conditions that people of color faced during that dastardly directive.
Mandela's book is about the struggle against apartheid. I think I still have the book in my history box... Hope so, anyway...
What strikes me about Mandela is that he sacrificed pretty much everything to put black Africans on an equal footing with white Africans. He spent half of his life in prison for being a freedom fighter. He eventually became the leader of South Africa.
A man of grit and determination, he has become an icon the world over. His book, and the recent movie, offer great insights into the man, his times, and what it took to make measurable change for a people.
The fight for freedom, anywhere you find it in the world, ain't for sissies...
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