As an undergrad at Howard University, I remember well attending many marches and rallies against 'apartheid" as the movement seemed very familiar to what African-Americans endured for equal rights and the the right to vote like "everyone else". This period of time is etched in my memory as one of the defining moments of my college years at "The Mecca" (which is what all Bisons affectionately call Howard University). I also remember being in class with the daughters of Desmond Tutu and Jesse Jackson, not realizing that I was sharing an education and collegiate experience with history. So, it suffices to say that I was immediately brought back to this moment in life by watching MANDELA: THE LONG WALK TO FREEDOM. This is what everyone knows about Nelson Mandela:
1. He was imprisoned for more than 40 years during apartheid
2. He became the first black man to be elected as the President of South Africa
What we didn't know is explored in this film based on Mandela's autobiography of the same name. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris are chewing up the scenery and will surely be rewarded for their difficult, yet convincing portrayals of Nelson and Winnie Mandela. Their love story is inspiring, yet heartbreaking. We learn about the ANC and how important their contribution was and is to the apartheid movement being abolished. We learn that there are South Africans that born post-apartheid that have no idea what was sacrificed to enjoy the freedom they no experience.
2013 has turned out to be a stellar year for black actors and black history. Do yourself a favor and contribute to keeping this legacy alive and not forgotten by going to see MANDELA: THE LONG WALK HOME.