Fol­low Nel­son Man­dela’s Long Walk to Free­dom

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Imag­ine liv­ing in a room mea­sur­ing eight feet by seven feet, your con­nec­tion to fam­ily lim­ited to one let­ter and one visit ev­ery six months. Man­dela: Strug­gle for Free­dom, a pow­er­ful ex­hi­bi­tion now open at the Cana­dian Museum for Hu­man Rights in Winnipeg, al­lows you to en­ter a replica of the cell that housed the 20th cen­tury’s most fa­mous po­lit­i­cal pris­oner.

Jailed for 27 years for chal­leng­ing South Africa’s apartheid sys­tem of racial op­pres­sion, Nel­son Man­dela emerged at age 71 to de­nounce ha­tred and cham­pion jus­tice, in his own coun­try and around the world. This im­mer­sive and in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion is a tes­ta­ment to the power of hope, cel­e­brat­ing the life of the hu­man rights icon while ex­plor­ing the so­cial move­ments in­spired by his ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­am­ple.

De­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the Apartheid Museum in Jo­han­nes­burg and pre­sented with sup­port from The As­per Foun­da­tion, TD Bank Group and Air Canada, the show asks view­ers to con­front prej­u­dice and to wit­ness the power of re­sis­tance. You’ll be faced with a wall of signs and laws that told non-white races where they could eat, sit, walk, work and live. You’ll be en­cour­aged to share your thoughts in letters, as Man­dela him­self did.

Man­dela: Strug­gle for Free­dom en­cap­su­lates the Museum’s mis­sion to ed­u­cate and in­spire. Com­bin­ing text and im­ages, phys­i­cal ar­ti­facts and state-of-the-art dig­i­tal me­dia, the Museum’s gal­leries chart the de­vel­op­ment of hu­man rights through­out his­tory and across the globe, bring­ing the most press­ing so­cial and po­lit­i­cal is­sues of our age into fo­cus through rich sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences and com­pelling in­di­vid­ual sto­ries.

Lo­cated near the heart of down­town Winnipeg at the junc­tion of the Assini­boine and Red Rivers, the Museum has been an ar­chi­tec­tural na­tional land­mark since its 2014 open­ing. Its strik­ing and in­no­va­tive de­sign en­cour­ages vis­i­tors to take a jour­ney -- from stone foun­da­tions rooted in the prairie soil to a tower of soar­ing glass, from the depths of his­tory’s dark­est pe­ri­ods to the light of un­der­stand­ing and change.

With its call to think, feel and act, the Cana­dian Museum for Hu­man Rights of­fers a chal­leng­ing, re­ward­ing and un­for­get­table museum ex­pe­ri­ence, one that asks you to re­flect on your own place in the on­go­ing strug­gle for a bet­ter world.

Aaron Co­hen/CMHR

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