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Mandela Reflections from the Black Press
By Haywood Galbreath (Contributing Writer/Photographer)
Published December 12, 2013

Nelson Mandela and Rev. Leonard Jackson

I grew up in a southern town that until I was about six years old was segregated. My family was and is a God-fearing, God-believing, Christ-believing family.  My family also taught me to stand up for what was right. 

I was and still am well aware of the struggles for civil rights and full equality for American-Africans in American.  There came a point when I learned about the struggle in South Africa against apartheid and of Nelson Mandela. His willingness to go to jail and spend all those years in prison fighting for what he believed in and that was that black South Africans should be free and equal as white South Africans.

Because of his willingness to sacrifice, I gained more carriage for my fight fighting for equality for Black Press photographers.  I had the privilege when he was released from prison and came to Los Angeles to be one of his staff photographers. 

I hold that memory and I will hold the memory of Nelson Mandela and his fight for his people’s freedom as well as the grace, which he did it with dear to me forever with the understanding that freedom is not free, and equality does not come without sacrifice.

Haywood Galbreath, Black Press Photographer



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