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Sunday, July 18, 2010

In Honor Of...Nelson Mandela's Birthday

Nelson Mandela has long been a hero of mine, and is one of those people that I would love to invite to dinner.  His life story is amazing and inspiring.  Since today is his birthday, and I spent the day (after watching Tour de France coverage of course) watching "The Power of One" (starring Morgan Freeman, Stephen Dorff, and even Daniel Craig).  This movie, set in South Africa in the 1930's and 1940's, is based on the book of the same name by Bryce Courtenay.  An excellent historical fiction novel, about a time/place that we don't often study or read about.

I am constantly amazed (shocked, really) that students I talk to do not know who Nelson Mandela is.  Perhaps they will now after watching World Cup coverage?  If you are looking for a good biography of Mandela, there are MANY to be had.  One that I recommend for junior high students is "Mandela" The rebel who led his nation to freedom," part of the National Geographic World History Biography series.

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