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Feb. 11: Nelson Mandela Gets Released From Prison After 27 Years

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(credit: TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Every day during the month of February, WPGC will feature an important moment in Black history.  These daily vignettes are read by local children in the District and surrounding areas.

On Feb. 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from a South African prison after 27 years. In 1964, Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for speaking out against a ‘colorblind’ South Africa.  Moments after his release after 27 years in prison, he addressed the crowd: “Today, the majority of South Africans, black and white, recognize that apartheid has no future. It has to be ended by our decisive mass action. We have waited too long for our freedom.”

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