Iowa African American Museum Celebrates Nelson Mandela's Life


By Katie Stinson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - People gathered in Cedar Rapids Monday night for a memorial at the African American Museum of Iowa. A handful of people participated in a program called "Remembering Nelson Mandela."

The event started with an explanation of the life and accomplishments of Nelson Mandela. Many who participated say the civil rights leader influenced them on a personal and professional level. A Guatemalan man spoke about how Mandela inspired him as his country recovered from genocide and war.

"Personally, as an indigenous person, people forget that Nelson Mandela, besides being a hero for Africans and African Americans, he is also a hero for First Nations, for indigenous people all over the world," John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, the Cedar Rapids Civil Right Commission said.

He says the South African leader inspired many to overcome systems of oppression and turn to peace and reconciliation. The African American Museum says it's an honor to provide this opportunity to celebrate Mandela's life.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.

read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG