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Mandela had an Ethiopian passport under the name David Motsomayi. Where did he go?

We don’t live in a world of heroes, but at rare moments we celebrate those who emerge from the shadows to push them further back. I don’t know if Nelson Mandela had heroes. He must have done. We all know he had comrades, both within the ANC and without. When he visited Mali in 1996, he wanted to see some of those foreign comrades, men who had helped him in the early 1960s before they were all—guest and hosts alike—imprisoned. When, in 1962, he had come to Bamako before his trial at Rivonia and his imprisonment, the struggle in South Africa was accelerating. When he returned thirty-four years later, he was a sitting president. Some Malians remember with pride that pair of visits, separated by decades, one by a young freedom fighter, another by an elder sage.

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A Human Project

Everybody wants in on Martin Luther King today. French electro-instrumental band United Fools with the help of Peuple de l’Herbe’s Sir Jean and Burkinabé artist Art Melody.

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Martin Luther King Day

The latest installment of comedian Kassem G’s “California On …” (remember his “California On Egypt” classic) asking passers-by what they know about Martin Luther King Jr. Part humorous, part annoying…..