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NABJ Mourns The Loss of Nelson Mandela, Former South African President and Anti-Apartheid Champion

Friday, December 6, 2013  
Posted by: Scott Berry
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Nelson Mandela, Former South African President and Anti-Apartheid Champion
July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013


COLLEGE PARK, MD (December 6, 2013) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) joins the global community in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, whose activism sparked a movement that brought down the oppressive apartheid system in South Africa. Mandela died Thursday at age 95. His legacy continues to inspire people around the world to believe in persevering justice and peace.

"We stand on the shoulders of Nelson Mandela whose life exemplified the importance of standing by your beliefs and prevailing despite the odds,” said NABJ President Bob Butler while on travel in Johannesburg. "We echo the sentiment of the current South African president that its nation lost its greatest son and the world lost a great leader and a man of integrity. Many of our members had the privilege to interview President Mandela and to chronicle his journey from activist, to prisoner, to president. I was at the Oakland Coliseum to produce the coverage for KCBS radio when Mr. Mandela came to the Bay Area in 1990.”

While on travel in Johannesburg, Butler has had the opportunity to speak with many South Africans grieving the loss of Mandela, and he hopes to represent NABJ in the many memorial services taking place in the coming days.

While spending 27 years in prison, including 18 on Robben Island, the notorious maximum security prison off Cape Town, Mandela continued to vigorously oppose South Africa's restrictive apartheid system. Upon his release, Mandela became an international symbol for peacekeeping and worked tirelessly with the former regime to bring change and unity to the country. His unselfishness and commitment to peace garnered him the Nobel Peace Prize, and he served as South Africa's first black president. He became an international icon who traveled the globe to share his story and his hope for world peace.

"In honoring Nelson Mandela's legacy, we salute the millions of people worldwide who stood for freedom and the scores of journalists who covered Mandela and the global fight against injustice that helped lead to a free South Africa and better world," said Maurice Foster, NABJ executive director.  "I encourage NABJ members to share their stories and cite their related works as we all look back over Mandela's life."

In paying homage to Mandela's legacy, NABJ members are encouraged to share their stories and to cite their related works as the organization pays tribute to Mandela’s life and legacy. 

NABJ is an advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C. NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit


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