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SDSU’s Nelson Mandela Memorial

March 21, 2014

Thinking of Mandela

It’s amazing…… lives of seemingly common people are often lived in the context of uncommon circumstances–escalating political turmoil, accidental and purposely inflicted trauma, catastrophic climatic events, war– that reveal a greatness, a strength, a wisdom beyond the common. Nelson Mandela lived such a life. Last December, the Africana Studies Department at San Diego State University held a memorial to celebrate and remember the man, Nelson Mandela. Here are a few highlights.

SDSU President Dr. Hirshman offered an official SDSU welcome and presented a tribute to Mandela that reflected the complexities of Mandela as a leader.

SDSU President Dr. Hirshman

SDSU President Dr. Elliot Hirshman

Shown here with Dr. Charles Toombs in a quiet moment before the event,  Diop Scholar Dr. Adisa Akebulan offered the opening libations  and also gave reflections later  in the program that discussed Nelson Mandela the politician and the man.

Dr. Adisa Akebullan and Dr. Charles Toombs

Dr. Adisa Akebullan and Dr. Charles Toombs

Dr. Shirley Weber presented her memories of visiting South African before and after starting the Africana Studies Programs Alternate Spring Break In SOuth Africa Studies Abroad Program. She served as The Department of Africana Studies For many years.

Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber

Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber

South African singer from the Center For World Music

http://www.centerforworldmusic.org/ Nomsa Burkhardt performed traditional South African vocal music.  Her song form an earnest sorrow, spoke to our souls and touched our hearts.

South African Singer Nomsa Burkhardt

South African Singer Nomsa Burkhardt

Those who did not speak, but were in attendance: Current SDSU Department Chair of Africana Studies event organizer Dr. Charles Toombs.

Dr. Charles Toombs Africana Studies Department Chair

Dr. Charles Toombs Africana Studies Department Chair

Kaia Green and her staff worked tirelessly to complete the necessary detailed planning for the memorial.

Kaia Green Africana Studies Administrative Coordinator

Kaia Green Africana Studies Administrative Coordinator

Writer, community arts supporter, Sylvia Telafaro shouts  an “Amandla!”

African American Writers and Artists president Sylvia Telafaro

African American Writers and Artists president Sylvia Telafaro

African Diaspora scholar Dr. Ante Merritt (SDSU and San Marcos)

Dr. Ante Merritt

Dr. Ante Merritt

SDSU continues its Studies Abroad program with South Africa.

It was a gathering of kindred souls to commemorate the transition of a great warrior spirit whose labors were done, called back to the presence of his creator.

Musewoman,

Delores Fisher

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