Tag Archives: Nelson Mandela

Mandela Inspired the World

An Elizabeth Alexander poem to remember Nelson Mandela and a past post on how he turned to Shakespeare in prison.

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Shakespeare a Lifeline for Those in Prison

A copy of Shakespeare’s works that circulated through apartheid-era prisons shows the Bard providing solace for the prisoners.

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A Poem for Heroes and Mass Murderers

Since the World Cup is underway in South Africa, I watched Clint Eastwood’s Invictus last week, about the 1995 World Cup Rugby Tournament held in South Africa.  Based on a true story, the film notes that, while in prison, Nelson Mandela, like many black South Africans, would root against the South African rugby team, beloved […]

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