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Former US President Barack Obama was in South Africa Wednesday for what would have been the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela. As always, the former US President delivered an inspiring speech.
Earlier Tuesday, in an address in honor of the late Nelson Mandela ahead of the 100th anniversary of his birth, Obama criticized movements toward authoritarianism around the world and ridiculed the “utter loss of shame among political leaders” who lie. He added that politics today often rejected the concept of objective truth.
His lecture, titled “Renewing the Mandela legacy and promoting active citizenship in a changing world,” tracked the transformation of the world, particularly in terms of race relations and human rights, over the past 100 years.
Obama’s speech in all could be summerised thus, as he put it: “Let me tell you what I believe. I believe in Nelson Mandela’s vision, I believe in a vision shared by Gandhi and King, and Abraham Lincoln, I believe in a vision of equality and justice and freedom and multi-racial democracy built on the premise that all people are created equal and are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights.”