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  •  Great diary today, Dee (10+ / 0-)

    I was in Cape Town on July 18, 2009 for Madiba's 90th Birthday celebration.  I was with a group of women who were in their 60-'s and 70's and were members/leaders of the Black Sash (an anti-apartheid group composed primarily of white women).  The celebration in the center of Cape Town was joyful--Mandela is very much the father of his country.  It was quite amazing to walk by landmarks in Cape Town on our way to the public celebration and hear them reminisce about this demonstration or that demonstration and about how they felt when Mandela was released from prison in January 1990.  I have many stories that they told me about Mandela and also about Chief Albert Luthuli.

    They had tears in their eyes when they spoke of the election (which they helped to monitor on behalf of the ANC).  One of the interesting things about these women is that many of them were members of the ANC when the organization was banned.    I learned quite a lot from them about the struggle to be an anti-racist.  

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