▶ Mandela standing up to Ted Koppel’s “journalistic” pressure


Published on Jun 13, 2013    

Here is a 1990 video from my collections. I got this tape from ABC in a VHS in 1990, I recently transferred it to a DVD format so I can share with all. It is a 1990 Town Hall meeting with Nelson Mandela of South Africa anchored by Ted Koppel on ABC Nightline in New York.

This meeting was among the programs planned for the First visit of Nelson Mandela to USA, immediately he was released after 27 years in prison. I served as a volunteer in the Oakland Ca. planning committee with Representative Ron Dellon as our chairman. I was and still deeply moved and impressed by his response to questions. I have watched this video for up to 100 times, and every time I do I would want to watch it over and over again. The main reason has been that Ted Koppel was/is regarded then/now as a hard core interviewer, while on the other hand Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. So we were worried that Nelson Mandela was going to be beaten black, red and blue. That after the interview we were going to have a lot of spin job to do. But alas Nelson Mandela made us all proud because he held his ground and eloquently explained his positions and that of the ANC. This was the first time I saw this ICON speak and it has affected my life ever since. Although its been 23 years now, please after watching let me know your thoughts.

Osbert Agho Osbert Agho

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