Statement from Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, regarding the Passing of Nelson Mandela
December 6, 2013 - Cornell's Africana Studies and Research center laments Nelson Mandela's passing. This is an occasion to recognize his significance and to celebrate his life as an outstanding freedom fighter against constitutionalized racism in South Africa, especially during the 1948-1994 apartheid era.
It is also fitting to recognize his role as a principled statesman as South Africa's first democratically elected President, formally signaling the end of the apartheid era in 1994; and indeed well over 300 years of European colonial racist aggression. Mandela's meaning and legacies resonate through the wider global system, still often challenged by structural inequalities and institutional forces of oppression.
As a tribute to Nelson Mandela, the Africana Studies and Research Center will be organizing and hosting a befitting memorial early in the Spring 2014 semester, exploring his visions, impacts and legacies in African and in global contexts.
Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University
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