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Bay Area mourns death of Nelson Mandela

Thursday, December 05, 2013
Bay Area mourns death of Nelson Mandela Bay Area reflects on Mandela?s visit to Oakland

The legacy Nelson Mandela leaves behind will be remembered around the world, including here in the Bay Area. Berkeley was one of the first cities in the United States to pass an anti-apartheid resolution and many people remember Mandela's visit to the Bay Area in 1990.

Thousands of people packed the Oakland Coliseum to see Mandela just months after he had been released from prison. He had come to the Bay Area with a message of thanks and hope.

The East Bay was at the forefront of the anti-apartheid movement in the U.S. Students at UC Berkeley protested, pushing for divestment, and longshoreman refused to unload South African goods.

But the movement's Bay Area roots can be traced to the Rev. Amos Brown and San Francisco's Third Baptist Church, where long before those protests, parishioners were writing checks as they prayed for change.

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