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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 05:32 PM

1. From your link, she

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Photo: President Obama stands in Robben Island prison cell where former SA President Nelson Mandela spent 18 yrs pic.twitter.com/CSV15DVTj8

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The First Family listen to Robben Island prison guide Ahmed Kathrada, who was an inmate with Nelson Mandela pic.twitter.com/OVEDaBhNP6

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Robben Island tour guide (former prisoner) said prison is a state of mind. They always knew they would prevail.

Robben Prison's long history of political prisoner's including South Africa's current President, Jabob Zumba..


Mahalo, sheshe, for this very poignant OP.. Pres Obama has said he started his political activism in college because of Nelson Mandela. This has to be a very deep and personal journey for the President and his family.

Why Mandela looms large in Obama’s political psyche

To understand President Obama’s reverence for South Africa’s former president, it’s important to remember the role anti-apartheid activism played on college campuses in the 1980s.

In a Thursday press conference in Senegal, Obama recalled, “My first act of political activism was when I was at Occidental College. As a 19-year-old, I got involved in the anti-apartheid movement back in 1979, 1980, because I was inspired by what was taking place in South Africa.”



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