Haven’t you been loving the tributes to Nelson Mandela and the work of the anti-Apartheid movement? My favorite moment so far was a few days after Mandela’s death, an interview on PRI hosted by Travis Smiley and Cornell West with Ron Dellums, who was the congressman who introduced the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act in 1972, which was passed in 1986. In the interview he described how after Mandela’s release from prison, he came to Dellum’s home to thank him for his work. At one point in the interview, the two other men were so moved by the description, that they just made this noise which I can only describe as an African abbreviation for Halleluia. It was in unison, from deep down, and only sounded like “Mm!” Do you know the sound? I was driving, but I almost had to pull over to raise my hands.
The whole interview is here, including Tavis Smiley’s equally moving account of his escorting Sidney Poitier and Muhammad Ali to meet Nelson Mandela: