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Central Ohio Man Shares Memories of Nelson Mandela
COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- A Central Ohio man shares his memories of Nelson Mandela. Doctor Lupenga Mphande met Mandela in 19-96, while taking Ohio State students to South Africa. Doctor Mphande is an associate professor in the African American Studies Department. He calls the anti-apartheid revolutionary an inspiration. "He believed in the struggle. The struggle to liberate oppressed people everywhere," Doctor Mphande said.
Doctor Mphande says Mandela's struggles hit home, literally. He's been to his house in Soweto and says you can still see bullet holes in the wall from the widespread violence there. "They were bombarded by police raids, by fire bombs, and Winnie actually raised those two kids ducking bombs," Doctor Mphande said.
That's a history lesson Doctor Mphande gives his students. He even helped organize a tour for the former university president. "Gordon Gee told me after the trip that his visit to south africa and his meeting with Nelson Mandela was the height of his life," Doctor Mphande said.
That visit launched a study abroad program that's become one of the most popular at OSU, keeping the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive, at home and abroad.
Doctor Mphande says he will be watching tomorrow's tribute to Mandela with students and fellow faculty.