2013 Dole Leadership Prize presentation


Event details

Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. Hansen Hall, Dole Institute of Politics Doors open at 3:00 p.m.

The Dole Institute of Politics is proud to honor Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, as the 2013 Dole Leadership Prize recipient. Mandela’s great-grandson, Luvuyo Mandela, will accept the award on his behalf. The $25,000 prize will be awarded to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the 10th anniversary Dole Leadership Prize than President Nelson Mandela,” said Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy. “He’s the perfect example of an individual who fought for justice through the political system in place. He truly made a difference.”

President Mandela is widely accepted as one of the most significant black leaders in the world and became a symbol of resistance as the anti-apartheid movement gathered strength in South Africa. He consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom. Instead he fought for justice through political action and became the first president of South Africa. Mandela traveled to Washington several times between 1990 and even visited for Senator Dole’s retirement in June of 1996. Mandela addressed a joint senate in 1990.You can click HERE (http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Nelson) to watch a video of his speech.

Senator Dole issued a news release on May 10, 1994, the day in which Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as President of South Africa. Mandela became the first black president of the Republic of South Africa in the first open election of the country’s history. The release quoted Mandela’s speech from the previous day: “we speak as fellow citizens to heal the wounds of the past with the intent of constructing a new order based on justice for all.”


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