LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – On Monday, September 25, 2017, the Clinton Presidential Center will open its newest temporary exhibit, Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu. This exhibit commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela and is presented by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
“Through this compelling exhibit, Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu, the Clinton Presidential Center will honor the remarkable life and legacy of a great leader, my mentor and friend, Nelson Mandela," said President Bill Clinton.
Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu tells the story of a young South African boy who became a man prepared to die in the name of equality, justice, and freedom. He went on to be elected president and to lead his country out of Apartheid. This exhibit takes Clinton Center visitors along the arc of President Nelson Mandela’s life through the camera lens of Nelson Mandela Foundation-commissioned photographer, Matthew Willman. Visitors will experience the places and moments that played an integral role in both President Mandela’s and South Africa’s journey to Ubuntu, a word that evokes the oneness of humanity. Visitors can step into a recreation of the eight-by-seven-foot prison cell that Nelson Mandela was sentenced to live in for 18 of his 27 years in captivity, which visually demonstrates the harsh reality of his imprisonment. Visitors will also see artifacts from the Clinton Presidential Library collection, President Clinton’s personal collection, and on loan from the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu is presented by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. This exhibit will close February 19, 2018.
The Clinton Center opened a companion exhibit, Art of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision, in August. This exhibit explores the colors, shapes, and textures of Africa through pieces from the Clinton Center’s archives, as well as from President Bill Clinton’s own personal collection.
Both of the Clinton Center’s temporary exhibitions provide a platform for sharing not only the history and culture of Africa, but that the work continues. During the Clinton administration, President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton worked with leaders, like President Mandela, to expand democracy and economic opportunity across Africa. The Clinton Foundation has continued the Clinton Administration’s work in Africa by helping to strengthen the continent’s health systems, empowering farmers, and implementing sustainable practices.
The educational staff of the Clinton Foundation has created grade-specific educational programs and tours to accompany both new temporary exhibits. School groups are asked to make reservations two weeks in advance; reservations can be made at the following web link: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/cpceducation or by calling (501) 748-0419. School groups always tour the Clinton Center at no cost.
About the William J. Clinton Presidential Center
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park is the home of the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation; the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum; the Clinton School of Public Service.
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