From your host, Cole Thomas:
With the passing/transition/death of late statesman and former South African President, Nelson Mandela, many of us of "a certain age" flash back to the tumultuous, postmodernity of the1950's and the Movement of the 1960's coupled with the 1970's coming-of-age search for the acceptance of truth as relative. From the 1950's throughout the 1980's and leading up to Mandela's 1990 release from prison, an era of first space walks, bullet trains, and supersonic jets, many Americans sought solace through enlightenment, some of us twisting out our own hair in an attempt to socially and psychically process the gravity of our condition. What exactly were the implications of our friends' and family members' righteous efforts being thwarted, of our leaders being gunned down, of our chronic economic distress, and of the institutionalized oppression we met at every turn, and how differently was it playing out half a world away? As we sought to better grasp the complexity of identity intersections which we - openly, perhaps, for the first time - initiated fearless discourse around, people from all walks of life stepped up and led, some risking their lives in order to do so. Nelson Mandela was a very present leader in this entire narrative. His incarceration halfway across the world for acting boldly to rid the country of its race separatist practices, gave many of us incentive to remain passionately, civically engaged.
Call in at 1pm EST on Friday 12/6/13 if you have a Mandela-as-D.R.I.V.E.R.story!
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