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.