“Freedom”: ‘the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint’
In recognition of beloved elderly South African statesman, Nelson Rolihlahla ‘Madiba’ Mandela’s upcoming 94th birthday, GlobalGrind has put together a short two-part video series documenting how ‘Born Frees’ experience freedom in New York. ‘Born Frees’ are young people that have benefitted most from the advent of South Africa’s now 18-year-old democracy.
Part two is a forum with the Young South African Leaders in New York (YSANY), around how the Madiba Legacy has opened up a world of access to them.
The YSANY is coordinated by Fulbright Scholar, Anton Botha of the Eastern Cape – the very province Madiba is from. The group – formed last fall – is a diverse setup of South African Fulbright Scholars, Ford Scholars, graduate students and young professionals living in New York. And when you consider that Madiba’s first big trip abroad after his 1990 release was to New York, no setting could be more apt to hold this discussion.
Join in the conversation, contribute in your part to encourage young people to spend at least 67 minutes of their time helping others in recognition of Mandela’s 67 years of public service.
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Tando Ntunja is a South African multimedia journalist and a Masters candidate of NYU Journalism’s Studio 20 (Web Innovation Journalism). Follow her on twitter @tandontunja. Ntunja is also a member of YSANY.
Mandela footage courtesy of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.