Nelson Mandela: The Presidential Years at Southbank Centre

Nelson Mandela: The Presidential Years at Southbank Centre
  • Southbank Centre, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
    Southbank Centre
    Southbank Centre Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX UNITED KINGDOM
  • 22/10/2017 19:30 - 22/10/2017 19:30

£20.00

With an introduction from Rt Hon Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, and a cast including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Adjoa Andoh, Adrian Lester, Ben Okri and Lemn Sissay, the the long-awaited sequel to Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom will be brought to life. Watch as Mandela’s reflections on his time in power are performed in this exclusive London launch of Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years. The evening includes a panel discussing Mandela’s legacy in a troubled world, featuring his co-author, South African novelist and poet Mandla Langa, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang, Lord Peter Hain and Bonnie Greer, chaired by Jon Snow. This new book draws heavily on the second volume of memoirs that Mandela began writing in the last days of his presidency (but was unable to finish), and tells the story of the transition from decades of apartheid rule and the challenges Mandela overcame to make a reality of his vision for a liberated South Africa. What are the enduring lessons that can be drawn from Mandela’s time in power? How can the landmark achievements of the Nobel Peace Prize winner inspire the next generation? The book’s title, Dare Not Linger, is derived from the closing paragraphs of Long Walk to Freedom: ‘I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.’

Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on 18 July 1918. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies for many years before being arrested in August 1962. Mandela was incarcerated for over twenty-seven years, during which his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to the antiapartheid movement grew steadily. Released from prison in 1990, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was inaugurated as the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994. He is the author of the international bestseller Long Walk to Freedom. He passed away on 5 December 2013, aged ninety-five.