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#TuesdayThoughts: The Meaning of Freedom

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The subjects of war, freedom and humanity have been trending on Twitter today. While our nation is one of the greatest democracies in the world, we still have a history with roots in the degradation and marginalization of others.  Despite this history, however, we also know what freedom looks like. Our #TuesdayThoughts are on the meaning of freedom with quotes from some of the greatest minds from around the globe. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” –…

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Writer to Writer: Danny Schechter on the many faces of Nelson Mandela

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Danny Schechter is an Emmy Award-winning producer for ABC News, and the author of sixteen books. He’s produced and directed six documentary films about Nelson Mandela. For his fascinating new Mandela book, Madiba A to Z, Schechter spoke with a wide range of people who knew the former South African president, from his prison cellmates and guards to former presidents, cabinet members and Mandela’s closest friends and family. Schechter paints an intimate portrait of Nelson Mandela, and wrestles with the same questions Mandela raised: What is forgiveness? What are justice and equality? How long must the long walk to freedom go on before we are free? In this interview, Schechter provides insights into Nelson Mandela, showing us the man behind…

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