Knox Grad on Nelson Mandela and South Africa

From: Kendall Dunkelberg Personal Blog

“It is hard to hear of the passing of Nelson Mandela today. He was one of the major political figures of my youth, a living icon to look up to as a man of unprecedented strength of spirit, yet a man of passive resistance… When I was a student at Knox College [in the 1980s], a group of us got involved in the anti-Apartheid movement, arguing for divestiture from companies with holdings in South Africa… My good friend Adam Bruns was one of the main organizers, [and] I remember hanging out at the shanty we built on campus to raise awareness… Later, I would follow Mandela’s successful battle to be released from prison after 27 years and then watch as he helped guide a nation through reconciliation and rebuilding…”

Kendall Dunkelberg is a poet and teacher… He directs the Creative Writing concentration and the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium at Mississippi University for Women, where he is Professor of English… He earned his BA in English / Creative Writing from Knox College, and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin… Read more at Kendall Dunkelberg’s Blog…