Black History Month Film: The Long Walk Of Nelson Mandela

Thursday February 13, 2014: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The prestigious PBS series Frontline produced this stirring and comprehensive film of the extraordinary life of the late Nelson Mandela, the man who best embodied the black South African struggle for freedom.

In-depth interviews with central figures of 20th-century South Africa, such as former presidents P.W. Botha and F.W. DeKlerk, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and African National Congress members Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki, provide inside information about Mandela's lifelong struggle to end the racist system of apartheid and bring justice and peace to his beloved homeland.

The two-hour film, which is not rated, investigates Mandela's engrossing political life: incidents of civil disobedience and sabotage, his movement up the ranks of the ANC to become its implicit leader, and his three-decade-long incarceration. From prison, through sheer brilliance and determination, he was able to manipulate matters to bring victory to his people. His triumphant emancipation was an historic milestone for his nation and the world.