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Release Date: Friday, November 15, 2013 2:43 PM
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D. Kamili Anderson
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Howard University Library System/MSRC
Moorland-Spingarn Presents “Nelson Mandela: Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman”
Exhibition at Moorland-Spingarn Research Center Gallery, Oct. 31, 2013–April 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (November 15, 2013) – In advance celebration of its 100th anniversary next year, Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) will host the U.S. premiere of an electrifying, internationally acclaimed multimedia exhibition: Nelson Mandela: Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman.

In vivid detail and intimate portraiture, the Mandela exhibit confirms the multidimensional significance this enduring leader—currently facing health challenges and in his 95th year—holds in the eyes of his fellow citizens and the world. Organized around six powerful themes, the exhibit affirms the central role Mandela has played in all phases of the South African struggle against apartheid as it traces his phenomenal trajectory from militant revolutionary to peacemaker to first president of a new, democratic South Africa.

The exhibit was curated and produced by The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, with support from Howard University, the Republic of South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture, the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and the Howard University Republic of South Africa Project. It will be on display in the MSRC Gallery in Founders Library until April 27, 2014—the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s presidential election. A number of special events coinciding with the exhibit and with the MSRC centennial, including a gala opening reception, will be hosted in the Gallery through April.

The MSRC Gallery is open to the public for extended hours during the Mandela exhibit’s run. The new hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free, but photo identification is required to enter the building.

About theMoorland-Spingarn Research Center
The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center is recognized as one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive repositories for the documentation of the history and culture of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world. As one of Howard University’s major research facilities, the MSRC collects, preserves, and makes available for research a wide range of resources chronicling the global Black experience. Visit for more information.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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