Dr. Angelou celebrates Women's History Month by speaking with South African political leader and activist Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela. For waging a lifelong battle against apartheid, Winnie gained the title "Mother of the Nation" from her supporters. Winnie shares with Dr. Angelou recollections of being a freedom fighter during the course of her husband's 27-year-long imprisonment. She also speaks with Dr. Angelou about her life today in Soweto, an area of the South African city of Johannesburg. "She represents Africa, she represents the world in that she's a woman, and a strong woman and an intelligent and a loving woman," Dr. Angelou says.
Winnie paid a visit to the United States in March 2007, during which she spoke at St. Sabina's Church in Chicago. Dr. Angelou shares taped messages of some of the attendees who pay tribute to Winnie's life and work. For a taste of South African music, Dr. Angelou also shares with listeners some of the sounds of the Robben Island Singers, who she says have been performing and touring with Winnie. The group, which features musicians Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, are known for their songs about South Africa's struggles as well as hope for the country's future.
Published on March 21, 2007