Mercer University to host Nelson Mandela symposium

alopez@macon.comFebruary 3, 2014 

A symposium in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela will be held Tuesday evening in the Medical School Auditorium on the Macon campus of Mercer University.

“Former South African President Nelson Mandela was a seminal world figure who is recognized as the father of the contemporary South African nation. Through the sacrifice of his 27-year imprisonment and efforts at racial reconciliation and power sharing, he saved his people from a race war that would have destroyed lives and disrupted the fabric of South African society and culture,” said Dr. Chester Fontenot, director of Mercer’s Africana Studies Program, said in a news release. “This symposium will focus on President Mandela’s life and his importance to contemporary Africa and the world.”

The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public, according to the news release.

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