A Nelson Mandela Backstory: Iowa’s Dick Clark

Three members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee huddle in Washington on May 12, 1978. From left are Sen. George Stanley McGovern (D-S.D.), Sen. Dick Clark (D-Iowa) and Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.). | AP Photo

George Miller (D-Cal.). He was out breaking ice on Africa issues for the country and certainly for the Senate. Whats more, after losing his Senate seat, Clark didnt stop. Instead, he found a new classroom via the Aspen Institute, where the former professor began what amounted to his own graduate program in 1983 to educate members of Congress about different policy issues. ( PHOTOS: Nelson Mandelas memorial ) Russia had been Clarks early academic interest and was as well in his first years at Aspen. But Africa tugged and he set out to try to get a get a cadre of Congress who would know about South Africa and what was going on in South Africa. These typically were nearly weeklong seminars held at choice locales overseas to lure members of Congress but also to provide neutral ground for the warring parties inside South Africa. Bermuda, for example, served as a meeting place in 1989.
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How music kept Mandela in spotlight!

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Before the end of apartheid in 1994, one thing most songs dedicated to Mandela had in common is that they were almost banned by the then white minority government in South Africa. But despite the bans, songs often became powerful weapons in the fight against racial segregation.South Africas Clegg reportedly told Talk Radio 702 that activists copied and distributed Asimbonanga, which he wrote in 1986 at the height of the countrys state of emergency when protesters fought pitched battles with police and the army in the black townships.
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Robben Island: A view into Mandela’s prison life

Robben Island prison. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons

But over the years, various biographers have published details that paint both positive and negative pictures of Mandela. Madiba magic Nelson Mandela visited his former cell #5 on Robben Island in 1995. On Robben Island, the tour group passes the small cemetery and the infamous limestone quarry. The prisoners were forced to work under the scotching sun for many hours in the quarry. After his release in 1990, Nelson Mandela

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