#InContext: Robert F. Kennedy

By: CHRISTIN VIVONA Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy was born on November 20, 1925 in Brookline, Massachusetts to a tight-knit, Irish-American family. He was the seventh of nine children born to Joseph and Rose Kennedy. Bobby served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then went back to school to earn his degree in government … Continue reading #InContext: Robert F. Kennedy

#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: Ariana Hadden The concept of struggle for humanity is a common trope endured by many individuals in the world, and Nelson Mandela is no exception. Born on July 18, 1918, Mandela grew up in South Africa and into a way of life that was vulnerable to segregation coupled with racism, eventually leading him to … Continue reading #InContext: Nelson Mandela

#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: CHERISSE FRANCIS Nelson Mandela, now regarded as one of the most influential civil rights activists of all time, was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The extraordinary life of ‘Madiba’ as he was called by his clansmen was punctuated by a series of unfortunate events beginning … Continue reading #InContext: Nelson Mandela

#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is perhaps one of the 20th century’s greatest symbols of revolutionary peace. Mandela was born July 18, 1918, in Mvezo, South Africa. Even as a young person, Mandela must have shown a propensity for rebellion— the name Rolihlahla literally translates to “troublemaker.” His father, Henry Mandela, passed away from … Continue reading #InContext: Nelson Mandela

#InContext: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, rose to worldwide fame in the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid in South Africa. Tutu was born in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, and was the second of four children of Zacheriah Zililo Tutu, a teacher, and Aletta Tutu, a cleaner and cook at a school for the blind. Tutu began … Continue reading #InContext: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: TAKIM WILLIAMS In 1918, Nelson Mandela was born into a system of racial segregation and discrimination that would later become known as apartheid. Growing up in his South African village of Mvezo, he longed to pursue black freedom and equality just as his ancestors had resisted Dutch colonization. But for much of his life, … Continue reading #InContext: Nelson Mandela