“We are all South Africans now.” —Nelson Mandela, May 12, 2005
On May 12, 2005, before a standing-room-only crowd of students, faculty and friends of Amherst College in Saint Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan, former South African president Nelson Mandela challenged the United States to "work toward correcting the inequities in the public schools." Amherst College awarded honorary doctoral degrees to Mandela and his wife Graça Machel, the former minister of education in Mozambique. Watch Nelson Mandela’s speech, and the ceremony in which Mandela is awarded the honorary degree.
Transcript, Photos and Stories
- Full text of Nelson Mandela’s speech.
- Honorary degree citations
- Photos by Samuel Masinter ’04
- Amherst news release: Nelson Mandela Says “We Are All South Africans Now” to Amherst College
- Boston Globe article, “Mandela challenges selective colleges to widen opportunity for needy students”
- NPR story, "Mandela, Bush Discuss Education, AIDS in Africa"
- Mandela Scholars
- More photos
This event was sponsored in part by the Victor S. Johnson Lectureship Fund.
Photo: Samuel Masinter ’04