In Madison, honoring Nelson Mandela

Today is Mandela Day. It is a worldwide event to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, a once-political prisoner in South Africa who went on to become the president of that nation and help it cast aside its system of racial oppression called apartheid. Mandela passed away in 2013 but today would have been his 100th birthday. Mandela lived a life devoted to improving the world, and to improving individual lives.

Last year, as part of a storytelling project that brought us to South Africa – Origins – UW–Madison photographer Jeff Miller and I visited the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa. We wanted to better understand apartheid, what led to its rise in the late 1940s, and to honor the actions of those who stood firmly against it. Apartheid was dismantled beginning in 1991 thanks to people like Nelson Mandela.

What follows is a visual journey of our experience. It was moving and profound and deeply influenced the stories that we shared.

Apartheid Museum 2017

Read more about our trip to South Africa here, here and here.