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An Evening Honoring Nelson Mandela

The Love Library will celebrate black history month with a special event honoring Nelson Mandela.
By Clarissa Slagle

San Diego State University’s Love Library will be celebrating Black History Month with “An Evening Honoring Nelson Mandela” at 7p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 18.

Mandela, South Africa's first democratically-elected president, received the Nobel Prize in 1994. He died in December 2013.

“This is a campus wide collaboration with community members, staff and faculty coming together to celebrate Black History Month with Nelson Mandela’s life through music,” said Gloria Rhodes, associate librarian. Rhodes, who is the coordinator for this event, is excited that the SDSU community can take part in the library’s events surrounding Black History Month.

Screening and discussion

The event will begin with a screening of the documentary “Amandla: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony.” The film pays tribute to the role played by protest songs in the nonviolent revolution that brought an end to apartheid in South Africa.

Norma Burkhardt, a dancer, folk singer, and percussionist of Zulu heritage, will facilitate a discussion following the film. She was born in Soweto, South Africa, and now lives in San Diego. Burkhardt is the co-founder of IZINDE, an Afro-fusion band compromised of artists from around the world.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in room LL430/31 at the library. Free parking for the event is available on the 1st floor of Parking Structure 1 on College Avenue. For more information please contact Gloria Rhodes.