Local Woman Recalls Meeting Nelson Mandela

"He was such a towering figure and so physically built, he just exuded a soulful spirituality,"said UNL Professor Dawne Curry.

For University of Nebraska History and Ethnic Studies Professor Dawne Curry, meeting South African President Nelson Mandela during her 2001 trip to South Africa was a dream come true.

"It was like I had met Martin Luther King, Sojourner Truth, Ella Baker, all these people I had grown up reading about I had met in that instant through him," Said Curry.

A year later, she once again met Mandela and will never forget the look she saw on the gracious leaders face as he met her for only a second time.

"He looked at me as if he knew me, they said he had this uncanny ability to remember people," Said Curry.

Curry says it was Mandela's charisma, as well as servitude to all people that made him into such a great leader.

"He had that ability, looking you in the eye, seeing your humility, seeing his graciousness that he was able to depict," Said Curry.

Now teaching younger generations about the workings of Mandela, Curry can relate with the people of all walks of life gathering to remember a man who brought about human equality to the entire world.
"When I see all those crowds gathered outside his house there was black, white, young, old and I think his struggle democratized everything as well as his death does because he is bringing people
together once again," Said Curry.

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