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8 Afro-Latinas Remember Nelson Mandela

The world lost an extraordinary man. Nelson Mandela, 95, died Thursday at his home outside Johannesburg after a long battle with lung infections and other ailments. The civil rights activist, freedom fighter and father is gone, but will never be forgotten—and these notable Latinas remember the anti-apartheid icon and former president of South Africa:

Gwen Ifill

Panameña and award-winning journalist Gwen Ifill penned a piece for PBS NewsHour about her first encounter with Mandela, which involved the politician dismissing her question during a news conference. But there was a much-needed lesson in the exchange and Ifill doesn’t regret the exchange. She writes, “What I appreciate most about the life of Nelson Mandela was how it gave the rest of the world a path into the story of upheaval, reconciliation and forgiveness that defined his post-prison experience. It gave the story a necessary face.”

Zoe Saldana

The Puerto Rican y Dominican actress Zoe Saldana took to Twitter to share her thoughts on Mandela’s passing:


Sessilee Lopez

The top model Instagram’d a picture of the activist.


Sheila E.

Known to music fans as Sheila E., Ms. Escovedo, like many, viewed Mandela as a game changer.


Soledad O’Brien

CNN vet and CEO of Starfish Media Group retweeted several colleagues, with the most recent tweet from Debra Lee, stating:


Lala Vasquez Anthony

The media personality-turned-entrepreneur shared one of Mandela’s powerful quotes with her Instagram fam. It reads:


Ilia Calderón

Colombian journalist Ilia Calderón expressed her sadness on social media, tweeting:


Rosario Dawson

Actress Rosario Dawson, who is of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, among other ethnicities, retweeted a posting from Mandela’s verified account, which reads:


The global giant fearlessly worked to make this world a better place, even refusing release from his 27-year prison bid until after other political prisoners were freed and his political organization, the African National Congress, was unbanned. I’ll remember Mandela by standing firm for what’s right and pushing the envelope, even if it means standing alone at times.

This Sunday South Africa is honoring the historic leader during a national day of prayer and reflection. How will you remember Mandela? Let me know in the comments section, below, or on Twitter (@aintilatina) or Facebook.

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