Mandela released from prison, Feb. 11, 1990
On Feb. 11, 1990, anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was released after a quarter century in a South African prison. The following day, a Los Angeles Times article published in The Post-Standard of Syracuse, N.Y., chronicled his first moments of freedom.
“Marking what many herald as a new era in South African politics, a beaming Nelson R. Mandela walked out of prison Sunday, hand-in-hand with his wife, and told tens of thousands of supporters at a rally later that ‘our march to freedom is irreversible.’
“ ‘I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you the people,’ the 71-year-old black nationalist said, reading his 25-minute speech slowly in a strong, resonant voice that had been silenced since 1964.”
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