FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Nov. 21, 2000

CONTACT: Ward Mullens

ward.mullens@emich.edu


WINNIE MANDELA TO VISIT EASTERN MICHIGAN'S CAMPUS NOV. 30

YPSILANTI &endash; Winnie Mandela, a South African activist known for advocating militant resistance to apartheid, will speak at Eastern Michigan University Thursday, Nov. 30, 12:30 p.m., Pease Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Mandela, who was the keynote speaker for the Million Woman March in Philadelphia in 1997, will discuss the AIDS epidemic in her native country.

There will be a program entitled "Who is Winnie Mandela?" Tuesday, Nov. 28, 4:30 p.m., Halle Library Auditorium. This event is free.

Mandela made international headlines Christmas Day in 1985 when she was pursued by police in a car chase after visiting her husband in prison. The chase was reported by international press and made Mandela's persecution emblematic of the harassment endured by black South Africans under apartheid.

In 1993, Mandela was elected president of the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League. In 1994 she was appointed deputy minister of arts, culture, science and technology by her husband, Nelson Mandela, president of ANC.

 

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