On April 15th, 2011, Ahmed Kathrada spoke at Lexington Catholic High School, sharing his experiences as former Special Advisor to South African President Nelson Mandela and his 26 year imprisonment as a result of the infamous the Rivonia Trial. Students, faculty, and community members assembled in Lexington Catholic gymnasium, filling about 2,000 seats.
The students launched their own project this year titled ConGo: A Call for Change, which focuses on global awareness of the uncertain political situation in the African nation. In preparation of Kathrada’s visit, all students read No Bread for Mandela: Memoirs of Ahmed Kathrada, Prisoner No. 468/64 and were excited to host a speaker who embodied social justice and human dignity.
Mr. Kathrada also became a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels at the event.
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