4:18 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Triad Residents Remember Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela has been an inspiration to many social activists in the Triad.

Nelson Mandela died at age 95, December 5 in South Africa. His principles of forgiveness and self-empowerment influenced social justice advocates around the world.
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Shortly after his release from prison in 1990, Nelson Mandela came to the United States and visited several cities. One of them was Atlanta. At the time, Winston-Salem social activist Larry Little was 40 and involved in reducing social and economic barriers discriminating against African Americans in the city.

Little and a bus load of others from the area drove to Atlanta to hear from Mandela speak. He described to WFDD's Kathryn Mobley he wanted to see the man who from behind bars, became his personal hero.

Today, Little is an associate professor of political science at Winston-Salem State University. He also actively trains young people interested in furthering the cause for social justice.

Larry Little lives in Winston-Salem. In 1990, he traveled to Atlanta to hear Nelson Mandela speak.