“In South Africa, they’re dancing. This is how you celebrate a great man.”
So said Peter Gabriel from the podium of the Roseland Ballroom in New York City Thursday night (December 5) where he was hosting the WITNESS 2013 Focus For Change Event. WITNESS is the human rights organization that Gabriel co-founded in 1992, which aims to empower activists to document human rights abuses via video. Of course, the news that Nelson Mandela had passed away hours earlier was on the minds of all attendees.
The event itself served as an ad hoc tribute to Mandela’s influence. Every speaker mentioned him, and Mandela himself appeared in a video tribute to the night’s honoree, Dr. Mo Ibrahim, a businessman who, among other things, helped to connect Africans to each other by making cellphones…
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