Nelson Mandela’s state funeral is under way at his ancestral home in Qunu, ending a week of commemorations for the anti-apartheid hero. Thousands of people – including foreign dignitaries – are attending the service, which blends state ceremonial with traditional rituals.
Tributes & Remembrance
Tens of thousands of South Africans have joined dozens of world leaders for the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela. The service is being held in front of a vociferous crowd in the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.
A peacemaker is how people described Delbert Tibbs. On November 23, 2013, the death penalty abolition movement lost a beloved family member and friend when Delbert, 74, passed away in his home in Chicago.
A sombre South African President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela’s death in a television address. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss,” Zuma said.
Chained To The Prison Gates: A new perspective on protests by campaigners Pauline Campbell and Violet Van der Elst. Two women who campaigned tirelessly for penal reform after enduring personal tragedy are the subject of an enlightening new report published by the Howard League for Penal Reform.
Come rain or shine, peace campaigner Bertie Lewis was a regular character in Bolton town centre every Saturday. He took up his spot near the charity canopy, wearing his old overcoat and medals and carrying his placard to promote peace.
The family of Mikey Lloyd Powell have commemorated his life 10 years after his death at the hands of West Midlands Police by holding a candlelit vigil at the police headquarters in Central Birningham, and holding an inspirational after-event at The African MCaribbean Millenium Centre. The Friends of Mikey Powell Campaign for Justice was established by the family of Michael Lloyd Powell (known as Mikey), a cousin of the renowned poet and writer, Benjamin Zephaniah.
American civil rights leader Martin Luther King will have his legacy honoured at central London’s Trafalgar Square today with bell-ringers to mark 50 years since he delivered his iconic “I have a dream” speech. King made the speech on August 28, 1963, in Washington DC as about 250,000 people marched on the US capital demanding equality.