Mandela Inspired Many

Thursday, 5 December 2013 |

Nelson Mandela, former South African President and anti-apartheid crusader, died on Thursday, December 5th. He was 95 years old.

Steve Braunginn

Steve Braunginn. Photo Credit: John Quinlan

Steve Braunginn, past President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, remembers meeting Mandela during his historic trip to the White House in 1994. Mandela had just become the first black president of South Africa.

Mandela served as a powerful inspiration to him and others who sought to change South Africa’s apartheid regime through non-violent civil action.

Braunginn helped organized public institutions to divest their holdings from all companies who traded with or had operations in the segregated country. His family also had very personal connections to Mandela.

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