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VOX POP: Students share what Mandela means to them

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2015 | 7:00 AM
Ineedja Williams
Kaye-Marie Pusey
Darnell Williams
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What does Nelson Mandela mean to you?

Students from the Middleton Primary School in St Thomas

Ineedjah Williams

- Grade 6

Based on what my teacher told me, I remember that he was in prison for 27 years because he didn't like the fact that the whites were better than the blacks, so he fought for human rights. I also remember that he came to Jamaica in 1991.

Kay-Marie Pusey

- Grade 6

In those days, whites were considered better than blacks, so he wanted justice. He always wanted the blacks to unite and feel better about themselves.

Darnell Williams - Grade 5

Nelson Mandela was someone who didn't like when black people didn't uplift themselves, so he spent most of his life ensuring that black people could rise above their challenges.

Shirley Douglas - School Teacher

I am crazy about Mandela because I actually saw him when he came here (1991). I have read his books, I have watched his documentaries and there is always something that resonates with me. He spent his life fighting for the rights of persons and still rose to the top and became president of South Africa. To me, that is fantastic.