Nelson and Winnie Mandela Visit the White House

© Dr Peter Magubane
Nelson and Winnie Mandela strolling the gardens of the White House with President George Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush.
After his release from prison, Mandela embarked on a global six-week tour of various countries, including the United States, to celebrate his release from incarceration and to meet with leaders and share ideas on political and economic issues. He and his wife, Winnie Mandela, travelled to Washington D.C to meet then-President George Bush and the first lady Barbara Bush at the White House. It was a momentous occasion and helped shape South Africa and the United States’ amicable relationship.

Madiba visited New York Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles and Oakland on a fundraising tour for the African National Congress (ANC) and visited schools, attended rallies and toured the country. Madiba’s trip to the United States led to the successful establishment of good relations and opened a reservoir of goodwill towards South Africa’s iconic leader.

“One of the things I learnt when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.” ~ Nelson Mandela

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