Remembering Mandela - The 20th Anniversary of South Africa's First Democratic Election

Please join us at Detroit Fiber Works for a multi-media presentation and conversation with journalist, Linda Jones and spoken word by a dynamic group of young Detroiters, Obsidian Blues.

While working at the Detroit News, Jones covered Nelson Mandela's multi-city tour of the U.S. in January, 1990, following his release from 27 years in prison which signaled the beginning of the end of apartheid. 

Twenty years later, Ms. Jones reflects on Mandela and the 1994 election through her words, recordings and captivating photographs. She also brought back symbols of that special time.

When the elections were over, she acquired a number of the surplus ballots from a school teacher who managed one of the polling stations.  Ms. Jones is among a small number who were able to acquire the ballots before government officials rounded up the remainder and placed them up for international auction. 

On this evening,  the ballots sets will be available for sale at accessible prices, giving a piece of history to others who could not be there.