Nelson Mandela’s legacy to Africa
July 1, 2013
Guests: Trudy Rubin and Mwangi Kimenyi
President Obama has wrapped up his visit to South Africa this morning, and is bound for the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam. It’s part of a week-long African trip, during which President Obama had been due to meet the former South African President Nelson Mandela. That was before the 94-year-old was hospitalized for a chronic lung infection, which has left him in a critical condition.
Nelson Mandela has long been an inspiration to America’s first black president, as the man who led South Africa out of Apartheid to become a multi-racial democracy. After spending 27 years in jail for his political activism, Nelson Mandela emerged to become South Africa’s first black president and a global symbol of reconciliation. We’ll examine Mr Mandela’s legacy to Africa and explore the relationship President Obama has fostered with Africa, with Philadelphia Inquirer foreign affairs columnist TRUDY RUBIN, who met Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg in 2000, and MWANGI KIMENYI, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, who is Kenyan by birth.