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Local Professor Remembers Mandela

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Nelson Mandela (Photo: AP) Nelson Mandela (Photo: AP)

SALISBURY, Md.- One of Joshua Wright's earliest memories involves Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died Thursday at age 95.

"I remember when he was released from prison and became the president of South Africa and how that was such a momentous occasion even though at the time I was young, I knew this was a big moment," said Wright, who is a professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.

Wright tries to carry that memory and Mandela's message into his classroom.

"I think for a lot of young people they may not be familiar with Mandela," Wright said. "Unfortunately a lot of our young people don't keep up with history whether it's U.S. or world history as they should."

But Wright says Nelson Mandela is too important to be forgotten.

"When I think of Mandela I think of two words, I think of empowering and I think of reconciliation," he says he sees Mandela's mark here.

"When you look today at someone like Barack Obama becoming president here a few years ago ya know it had that same type of feeling, a nation that was once divided that was able to come together and put those past differences behind themselves," Wright said.

Nelson Mandela, a man half a world away trying to shepherd in change everywhere.

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