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The Triangle And Triad Will Celebrate Mandela With Prayers And Drums

6th April 2000 Visit of Nelson Mandela to give a lecture at LSE on 'Africa and Its Position in the World.' Held at the Peacock Theatre.
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Celebrations will commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela this weekend across the Piedmont. The former South African President died last week at the age of 95.

Deborah Blackman is President of the South African Tarheels, one of the groups coordinating the memorials.  She says the respect Mandela earned as a prisoner and as a political leader still resonates across the world.

“As South Africans living in this country, we all love Mandela. And it's just a tribute to his memory,” Blackman said. “We will have some African drummers there follow a short Catholic service and then have members of our community speak about Mr. Mandela and just remember him, and pay him the tribute he deserves.”

That service will happen tonight at 7 at Raleigh's Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. It's open to the public. A similar event will take place tomorrow at noon in Greensboro.

Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina NAACP President William Barber have been invited to speak at a statewide tribute in Raleigh tomorrow afternoon at 2.  That program will be held at the First Baptist Church on South Wilmington Street.

Fed up with the frigid winters of her native state, Catherine was lured to North Carolina in 2006. She grew up in Wisconsin where she spent much of her time making music and telling stories. Prior to joining WUNC, Catherine hosted All Things Considered and classical music at Wisconsin Public Radio. She got her start hosting late-nights and producing current events talk shows for the station's Ideas Network. She later became a fill-in talk show host and recorded books for WPR's popular daily program, Chapter A Day.
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