DETROIT BRANCH NAACP RE­MEM­BERS WIN­NIE MAN­DELA

South Florida Times - - WEEK IN REVIEW -

Detroit, MI – Detroit Branch President Rev. Dr.Wen­dell An­thony is­sued this state­ment in re­gard to the re­cent death of Win­nie Man­dela. The pass­ing of Win­nie Man­dela marks a sig­nif­i­cant point in the life of those who sac­ri­ficed so much to ob­tain jus­tice, free­dom, and dig­nity. Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela, known as “Nomzamo” (the mother of the na­tion), was the rea­son that many of us in the west were well ac­quainted with Nel­son Man­dela. For 27 years, from 1963-1990, while Nel­son Man­dela was in prison, it was Win­nie Man­dela who was the face of the Anti-Apartheid Move­ment.

Win­nie Man­dela was tor­tured and po­lit­i­cally at­tacked. She spent 18-months in soli­tary-con­fine­ment in Cen­tral Prison in Pre­to­ria, South Africa. It was apartheid that sep­a­rated Nel­son and Win­nie Man­dela. It was apartheid at the root of it all, cre­at­ing a schism in the move­ment and in the mar­riage be­tween Nel­son and Win­nie Man­dela. Ul­ti­mately, it is the apartheid sys­tems of the world that sep­a­rate good peo­ple who sim­ply want to live freely with dig­nity and re­spect that one day must be elim­i­nated for caus­ing such pain and agony.

The 1990 visit of Nel­son and Win­nie Man­dela to Tiger Sta­dium in the city of Detroit, dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Free­dom Tour, was one of the high points of our city and this na­tion. Those of us who were at Tiger Sta­dium re­mem­ber with great his­toric pride the feel­ing of tri­umph and com­radery on that 28th day of June. It was in­deed a bless­ing to pay trib­ute to those who had been beaten down by the sys­tem of hu­man degra­da­tion, now stand­ing up in tri­umph and cel­e­bra­tion. While Win­nie Man­dela may no longer be among us, her work, her words, and her sac­ri­fice will al­ways in­spire us. There is an old African proverb which says, “Those who we love die only in the phys­i­cal sense. Their spirit con­tin­ues to live on in the will and de­ter­mi­na­tion of those whom they leave be­hind.” The spirit of Win­nie and Nel­son Man­dela will al­ways live on within each and every one of us.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF DETROIT BRANCH NAACP

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