Editor's note: We, along with the rest of the world, were deeply saddened to learn of Nelson Mandela's passing. Read Oprah's statement. The following is from his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2000.
When peace talks in South Africa began, former President Nelson Mandela says, he realized that if he didn't open up dialogue with his former oppressors, his nation would be "engulfed in rivers of blood" for years to come. Watch the Nobel Peace Prize winner discuss his triumph of reason over anger in this clip from an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show originally aired on September 27, 2000.
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