For the story behind this, and a translation of the lyrics, click here.
And not for nothing, but if you’d like to hear Mandela himself sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (“which he loved to use as an ice breaker when speaking to wide-eyed four and five year olds”), click here.
To watch his first television interview, in 1961, in which you can hear him begin to hint toward a need to shift away from nonviolence, click here.
And finally, to listen to NPR’s special program, “Nelson Mandela: An Audio History,” click here.
Big h/t and thanks to my internet friend from way back, @Cthulhucachoo.
Posted by emilylhauser on December 11, 2013
Mandela strove for nonviolence, yet when forced, resisted violently. He refused to renounce the right of the oppressed to violent resistance, yet after being released from prison, Mandela worked closely with former enemies. His work was fundamentally political, both radical and practical. We should be made uncomfortable by Mandela’s example – not just celebrate it, but study it. We make assumptions, and cherry-pick, and want to file off edges we don’t like, but the work of the righteous should always make us uncomfortable.
Nelson Mandela זצ”ל – may the memory of the righteous be a blessing.
Posted by emilylhauser on December 6, 2013