August 5th, 2014 by HarlemMom

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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

~ Nelson Mandela

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December 15th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

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Shoppers in a Johannesburg Woolworth experience Soweto Gospel Choir flashmob – many of whom posed as workers – to perform Asimbonanga (We have not seen him), a call for freedom written during Mandela’s incarceration in prison.

The lyrics are as follows:

Asimbonanga [we have not seen him]
Asimbonang’ uMandela thina [we have not seen Mandela]
Laph’ekhona [in the place where he is]
Laph’ehleli khona [in the place where he is kept]
Asimbonanga
Asimbonang ‘umfowethu thina [we have not seen our brother]
Laph’ekhona [in the place where he is]
Laph’wafela khona [in the place where he died]
Sithi: Hey, wena [We say: hey, you]
Hey, wena nawe [Hey, you and you]
Siyofika nini la’ siyakhona [when will we arrive at our destination]

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December 5th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Rest in Peace.  With hearts heavy around the world right now with the passing of Nelson Mandela.  He led a tireless, valiant and successful struggle that brought freedom to millions.

His efforts were watched and supported by millions in the United States, whose same struggle has been so well recounted in the PBS series The African Americans.

As you honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela please make time to watch this amazing series by yourself or with family and friends.    Watch one minute of one episode and you won’t be able to stop, it is so captivating.

A brief history of Nelson Mandela

A segment from The African Americans

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