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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

Two years af­ter his re­lease from prison, Nel­son Man­dela made a cameo ap­pear­ance in a Spike Lee film.

Lee’s 1992 movie Mal­colm X, star­ring Den­zel Washington in the Os­carnom­i­nated ti­tle role, ends with a group of young black US school­child­ren stand­ing up and pro­claim­ing “I am Mal­colm X.”

It then cuts to a Soweto class­room, with pupils echo­ing their US peers.

The cam­era then shows Man­dela, as their teacher in front of the class, re­peat­ing part of a fa­mous speech Mal­colm X gave in 1965.

“As brother Mal­colm said, we de­clare our right on this earth to be a man, to be a hu­man be­ing, to be re­spected as a hu­man be­ing, to be given the rights of a hu­man be­ing in this so­ci­ety, on this earth, in this day, which we in­tend to bring into ex­is­tence,” says Man­dela, as the cam­era slowly zooms to­wards him.

Man­dela didn’t want to in­clude the last line “by any means nec­es­sary”, how­ever, fear­ing the apartheid gov­ern­ment may have held it against him.

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