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A Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Obama's Visit to Mandela's Cell

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    President Obama visited the ailing Nelson Mandela's jail cell of 18 years today in what must have been a powerful moment for the first black President of the United States, a nation so intertwined with the history of Africa that it is impossible to not see the powerful symbolism of the moment. After spending some time in the cell, the President said that he was glad his daughters were able to see this for themselves and that “seeing them stand within the walls that once surrounded Nelson Mandela, I knew this was an experience they would never forget.”

    The picture of the President standing in Nelson Mandela's jail cell reminded me of the picture of him sitting in the seat that Rosa Parks occupied when she refused to move to the back of her bus, which was one of many heroic actions that sparked the long and arduous Civil Rights movement in the United States. A pictures is worth a thousand words, and this picture is as powerful a reminder as any that justice isn't easy, but the long arc of history eventually bends towards it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/world/africa/obama-visits-prison-where-mandela-was-jailed.html?_r=0
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Here's another noteworthy photo of Obama and family:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151740908694238&set=a.158628314237.115142.63811549237&type=1&theater
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I agree, Schmidt. That was an extremely powerful photo. If only our media would believe the same thing.
  • Center Left
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    Good stuff - Schmidt and jared,

    Off the topic of Obama / Mandela, but on the topic of South Africa.....
    There's a really good movie out called "Searching for Sugarman" It's about music - early 70's.
    Artist called Sixto Rodriguez who became a massive star in South Africa while continuing to live in
    poverty in Detroit. I first saw the story on 60 minutes. I believe many will enjoy it.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Tony:


    Thanks for your post. I actually was totally unfamiliar with Sixto Rodriguez, but found his song Sugarman) on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAaFTOLAziM

    Rodriguez, incidentally, wasn't the only performer whose career was bolstered by South Africa. During the mid 1980's, Paul Simon's career had pretty well bottomed out. Inspired by a South African group called Boyoyo Boys, he recorded his Graceland album, which won the 1987 Grammy for Best Album.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graceland_%28album%29

    Simon performed with the Boyoyo Boys at a concert in Zimbabwe in 1987:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbQEbCu-lRA

    At the same concert, he also performed the song that's probably the best song on the Graceland album. It's titled "Under African Skies":

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85rr5SqrCZI