Friday, December 06, 2013

ABC 20-20: "Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed the World"

ABC 20-20 aired a special report on the life of Nelson Mandela on December 6, hosted by David Muir and Robin Roberts. I was titled “Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed the World”.

The announcement of his passing came at a world premiere of the movie “Mandela: Long March to Freedom” (Justin Chadwick, The Weinstein Company) in London last night.

Now South Africa is called “The Rainbow Nation”.
Muir reported an interview with one of Mandela’s jailers, Christo Brand, as they looked out over Robbene Island near Capetown.  Brand did arrange for Mandela to see his baby daughter. 
For a long time, Mandela was allowed just one letter every six months.
Mandela was born to native royalty, but chose to become a lawyer for the poor.  Mandela said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Mandela brought the 1995 World Cup in Rugby to South Africa to unify the country, a controversial idea since it was seen as a “white” game.  The match was dramatized in the movie “Invictus” (movies, Dec. 14, 2009).
The later part of the documentary focused on Mandela’s relationship with his extended family while in prison.  His career had put it at risk.  Eventually he would divorce. His family says that Mandela would deflect attention to others.  The report also discuss Mandela’s work with HIV because it affected his own son.
The Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial Friday mentioning Mandela’s supposedly Marxist beginnings, a fact that most media outlets have not wanted to mention.
Wikipedia attribution link to topographical map 

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