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Midstate Professor Reflects on Nelson Mandela

This is a photo of Nelson Mandela, ex-president of South Africa's and social activist.

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Dec 6, 2013

(Carlisle) -- A Dickinson College history professor will remember the late Nelson Mandela as both a fighter and a forgiver. Jeremy Ball worked in the South African Parliament during the first two years of Mandela's presidency.

"He writes in his autobiography that there wasn't a precise moment when he decided to fight apartheid," Ball explains of Mandela.

"It was just something he knew in his bones because he saw the daily humiliation and the daily injustice of it."

The 95-year-old Mandela may have been ailing for months, but Ball says his heart still skipped a beat when he heard learned of his passing.

Listen to Professor Ball's entire conversation with witf's Matt Paul:

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