Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and most revered citizen, was laid to rest at his rural home next to the remains of three of his six children, ending a 10-day official mourning period.
The day in 1990 that Nelson Mandela walked to freedom, I waited hours in the hot sun outside city hall in downtown Cape Town, in a crowd of thousands of blacks and mixed-race coloreds dying to glimpse their hoped-for savior. Mandela, who died today at 95, had been locked away in prison for more than 27 years. As it happened, the excitement of witnessing history that day was tarnished by mishaps.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer added his voice to a group of Democratic lawmakers calling for Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. to provide details of the ailments that have caused his monthlong absence from Congress.
Jesse Jackson Jr., the son and namesake of a civil rights icon and once a rising Democratic Party star, would have likely flown on Air Force One yesterday had corruption charges not short-circuited his political career.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson called for a voter-registration drive to elect officials who would repeal a Florida law that prevented police from arresting a crime-watch volunteer suspected in the fatal shooting of a black teenager.