Harvard scholars, contributors celebrate Mandela’s legacy

Memories of Mandela

Perhaps the clearest summation of Nelson Mandela comes from the honorary degree citation Harvard presented to the then-South African president in 1998.

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Scholars and leading Africanist thinkers gathered Tuesday to reflect on the life and legacy of the late Nelson Mandela. One of the panels included Adam Habib (from left), Achille Mbembe, Margaret Marshall, and Jean Comaroff. President Drew Faust gave the opening remarks. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer

“Conscience of a people, soul of a nation,” it said, “he has brought forth freedom from the crucible of oppression and inspired, by his courageous example, the better angels of our nature.”

Harvard scholars and leading Africanist thinkers gathered at Sanders Theatre on Tuesday afternoon to remember and celebrate the life and heroic legacy of the anti-apartheid activist and inspirational world leader who died in December at age 95.

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