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Well two man two nations but one goal creating racial equality.
Nelson Mandela and Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
both change the course of history.
As the world keeps close watch -- the declining health of the 94 year old south African icon many are taking a closer look at the impact of Mandela's legacy.
Just today President Obama called -- one of his heroes as he met with members of -- family.
Joining us now someone who has ties to Doctor King.
And has been a keen admirer of Mandela doctor Alvin -- -- who is the niece of the civil rights legend.
Welcome great to have you here.
It's just wonderful to speak to you today you know some may remember that Nelson Mandela came to Atlanta to a -- -- -- 50000.
Who gave him a hero's welcome back in 1990.
And healing -- people struggle against racial discrimination.
To the civil rights movement in the United States.
What impact -- his does it have on the country at that time.
His visit to the country with certainly very up lifting.
And then that was a more private visit to the -- the king center.
Where my with Coretta Scott king and many many members of my family met mr.
He was a quiet strong and powerful force in our lives and of course in the world so I actually met him.
And I have a picture in my home and in that picture there is my that the king junior and even Malcolm X and in the center Nelson Mandela.
And so even though mr.
Mandela as a younger man say in 1962 when he was incarcerated and then market the king junior.
Let the march on Washington in 63 their methods may have been different.
But they would certainly gets liberators and freedom fighters and it takes a lot of -- -- encourage him.
Purpose and focus to do that and I just admire mr.
Mandela so much.
There's a such wonderful memories you know there are many interesting parallels -- both leaders who lead movements that transform their societies.
In the struggle against racial discrimination.
Both men were inspired by Gandhi and recognize that ultimately nonviolence was a path to take.
To achieve their goals quite remarkable when you consider that -- early days as head of the agency.
May want to wait a violent assault against apartheid government.
And you know actually.
Daddy and my uncle Matt -- the king junior studied the row.
And that helped to shape some of their philosophies as well and -- Nelson Mandela.
While he was incarcerated at an opportunity to -- gotten any philosophies and -- -- Viewpoint certainly Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
being one of the house.
Of course we know that -- that the -- youngest foundation with him Jesus Christ and -- that shaped him and was able to help him to leave a nonviolent.
But it's just so interesting that all of those parallels can't together -- -- the years and the fight for freedom and liberty.
It's just if it's such a sensitive battle.
And I actually had an opportunity to go to South Africa and to hear how the people have been so encouraged by -- hero.
And he has become certainly and Ike Ike and I world hero.
And I I believe that we should remember him always in that manner and even -- -- 94 years -- And that's struggling and fighting for his life you can see that -- and that courage.
It has been part of his legacy and message through -- his life you know I think what we're praying -- of.
-- and you know both men stress the importance of getting.
Opposing sides to talk to each other that was really what set them both apart from other leaders.
If that's so true and that is the diplomatic.
Characteristic also of a leader of that magnitude.
-- -- the king junior courts that it -- tables with leaders with the varying.
Philosophies and attitude then Nelson Mandela.
Has also always had that ability to bring us together to cause us to -- lists and to think about a commonality.
And that's so important.
A Doctor King thank you so much for joining -- you're praying for Nelson Mandela as all we all -- waiting to hear news or hopefully an improving conditions thank you so very much for joining us with your reflections today we appreciate it thank you.
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