Northland Journalist recounts meeting Mandela family

By KBJR News 1

December 6, 2013 Updated Dec 7, 2013 at 3:26 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Following Thursday's news of the passing of famed anti-apartheid pioneer, and former South African President, Nelson Mandela, one Northland journalist shares his experience meeting the Mandela family.

In the summer of 1990, Duluth News Tribune Editor Robin Washington, interviewed the then wife of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela.

At the time Washington was a producer for WBZ-TV in Boston.
The Mandela's were on a tour of the United States following his release from prison.

Now more than 23 years later, Washington views the tape of his interview with Winnie Mandela and reflects on the powerful presence the Mandela's shared with Americans at the time.

Washington still remembers the strong presence of Winnie Mandela.

"She walks in just majestic, her hair is in a wrap and it's beautiful and she had a regal bearing to her." said Robin Washington. "You didn't mess with her and frankly in history sake that got to be an issue, she was very tough and not about forgiveness in the same way that her husband was, but she walked in and took a commanding presence to the room."

Washington still has the press credentials from that day and says it's one of his most memorable experiences in his journalism career.

To hear more of his meeting with Winnie Mandela, check out this Sunday's edition of the Duluth News Tribune.

Jeremy Brickley
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