Posts Tagged ‘Nelson Mandela’

Empathy, Obama and the BBC

1 October 2013

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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Yes, the man in the picture is Barack Obama. He is in jail. I know this is a gesture. He is staying for a while in the place where another man was locked for years. Well, you might think this is a pose. That soul wants to feel what the inmate Nelson Mandela felt there. That black soul tried to get a similar feeling sitting down the bus seat of Rosa Parks.

Anyway, I copy here the text from the BBC News. It included a video. I have just downloaded that link into @moodle for my students of English Language at Secondary Education.

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 President Obama visits Mandela’s Robben Island cell

30 June 2013 Last updated at 17:50 BST

BBC News (included video, in the original link)

[Sample of extra work for students of Secondary Education vía MOODLE @moodle]

 

US President Barack Obama has toured Robben Island – the jail in which Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 years.

 

He said he and his family were “deeply humbled” to visit the prison once inhabited by Mr Mandela – who remains critically ill in hospital.

 

Mr Obama wrote in the guest book in the prison courtyard: “On behalf of our family, we’re deeply humbled to stand where men of such courage faced down injustice and refused to yield.

 

“The world is grateful for the heroes of Robben Island, who remind us that no shackles or cells can match the strength of the human spirit.”

 

Karen Allen reports from South Africa

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