NewsOne Now Celebrates The Life Of Nelson Mandela [TRANSCRIPT]

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    This morning, “NewsOne Now[1]” mourned the death of the late Nelson Mandela[2]. Join Roland Martin as we reflect on the revolutionary and outstanding history that Mandela encompassed in his 95 years. Guests include John Legend, Rev. Al Sharpton[3], Rev. Jesse Jackson, actor Hill Harper and more, all sharing personal stories and condolences to celebrate the life and memory of a true hero.

    If you were not able to listen to the full audio[4], take a look at the entire transcript from this morning’s episode.

    >>> Today the world mourns but

    Also celebrates the life and

    Legacy of nelson mandela.

    He was a symbol of life and


    We talk with friends of those


    “news one now” begins now.

    >>> this morning the flags are

    Flying at half staff in honor of

    The man who spent the lion’s

    Share of his life fighting for

    Freedom of brothers and sisters

    In south africa.

    Welcome to “news one now’s”

    Coverage of the passing of

    Nelson mandela.

    We have a number of guests, a

    Number of folks joining me here

    On the set.

    First we want to share with you

    What president obama[5] had to say

    Yesterday after the news was

    Confirmed that nelson mandela

    Had passed away.

    >> he achieved more than could

    Be expected of any man.

    And today he has gone home.

    We have lost one of the most

    Influential, courageous and

    Profoundly good human beings

    That anyone will share time with

    Here on earth.

    >> latern show we will be

    Hearing from dr. West and andrew

    Young and also from john legend.

    Congress woman lee and fudge,

    Charles ogle tree, a number of


    Right now we are joined by a

    Distinguished panel.

    To my right is armstrong


    To my left we have the former

    President of howard university[6].

    Also, former congressman ron


    And george curry.

    All four of them have over the

    Years been to south africa.

    They have met nelson mandela and

    Will certainly share their


    First of all, thank you so very

    Much for being with us.

    What really jumps out to me and

    Is amazing as i look at the

    Coverage and talking about how

    Graceful nelson mandela was and

    How iconic he was, at his heart

    He was a radical revolutionary.

    >> if you go to the farm outside

    Of where he was really†– they

    Were plotting to overthrow the

    Government you will see all

    Kinds of symbols.

    First they tried nonviolence and

    He was determined that he could

    Go beyond that and become the

    Unifier that he was is


    >> well, the thing that as an

    Attorney when he was tried his

    Trial he spoke words that are

    Reminiscent to us as americans.

    Namely he said i will give my

    Life for my cause.

    Not only did he mean it but he

    Lived it.

    He was committed.

    He was not a radical.

    He was an intellect.

    And he viewed the struggle with

    An intellectual context.

    He took lessons from all sources

    To bring an intellectual basis.

    >> i have someone on the phone

    Lines, dr. Cornell west.

    Your impressions of nelson

    Mandela and what should the

    World most remember about this

    Courageous man?

    >> caller: he was a spiritual

    Giant, a moral titan.

    He was a christian who was also

    A political revolutionary who

    Understood when the cia

    Collaborated with the apartheid


    He could still stand tall and

    Embrace and rooted in a

    Fundamental commitment to


    >> entertainers played a

    Critical role in apartheid.

    One of the folks from the next

    Generation who understands the

    Importance of activism in

    Entertainment is actor hill


    Share your thoughts.

    >> there are a few things i

    Think all of us should remember,

    The fact he was a revolutionary.

    He was a freedom fighter.

    At the end of the day he was

    Someone deemed by his government

    As a terrorist, him along with

    Other leaders.

    He sacrificed so much and

    Willing to sacrifice his life

    And being away from his family

    For the greater good.

    Someone like that who is able to

    Negotiate with his enemy and

    Take that pain and the history

    Of that pain and put it aside

    And negotiate and go from being

    An enemy of the state to head of


    Go from a freedom fighter to a

    Statesman is someone that is to

    Me amazing.

    We got to see him live his life


    Other leaders didn’t get to see

    Past their 40s.

    So many of us can live like him

    And take his values and ideals

    And athem to my life.

    >> the united states certainly

    Was not always loving of nelson


    >> united states was on the

    Wrong side of history.

    Not just reagan but many

    Democrats from kennedy who

    Refused to see that white

    Supremacy was just as evil as


    Nelson mandela reminds us that

    Love cuts through it all.

    >> thank you for sharing your

    Thoughts on tv one and “news one


    >>> when we come back armstrong

    Williams spent thanksgiving with

    Many of nelson mandela’s


    We will talk about that family’s


    And we will talk about the

    Sanctions against south africa

    And the direction the black

    Caucus led that and what it was

    Like to be in those meetings

    Fighting that fight for more

    Than two decades.

    Seven minutes after the hour.

    You are watching a special

    Edition of “news one now” here

    On tv one.

    >>> don’t forget to chime in to

    The “news one now” discussion.

    You can visit us on our facebook


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    Stay tuned because we have more

    Topics you care about and more

    Folks you want to see.

    As always information is power

    Right here on “news one now.”

    >>> our beloved nelson mandela

    Has departed.

    He passed on peacefully in the

    Company of his family.

    >> that was south african

    President announcing the passing

    Of nelson mandela yesterday at

    The age of 95.

    We continue our extensive

    Coverage on tv one.

    We are going to turn to

    Armstrong williams and former

    Congressman ron dellhams.

    Armstrong, you hosted members of

    The family for thanksgiving.

    I guess around 3:00 p.m.

    Yesterday you got a call from

    The family saying he had passed

    And a couple hours later the

    President announced that to the

    Rest of the world that he had

    Passed away.

    Tell us about what transpired


    >> the family were here.

    His daughter is the ambassador

    From south africa.

    In conjunction with the movie’s

    Premiere we hosted them for

    Thanksgiving and all of the

    Mandela grandchildren on

    Thanksgiving evening.

    And even from the conversations

    Of her you can tell her father

    Was gravely ill.

    I want to share this.

    I had lunch with mr. Mandela

    Five days after his release.

    I think what is important and

    What professor west said is


    Mandela said i was a sinner.

    I did a lot i had to do to

    Transform my people.

    I learned to love my enemies.

    They brought me books.

    I was like a father to those


    He also said it is almost like

    Biblical, like moses and abraham

    How god used the worst of

    Sinners to do his greatest work.

    A lot wanted him to bring about


    He said no, he is forgiveness.

    We must work together as a


    >> armstrong talked about


    He had few allies in congress.

    So the strongest congressional

    Black caucus.

    You guys had to go through a

    Bitter fight over a two decade

    Period when it came to


    Take us through what that was


    >> first of all, a little known

    Piece of history is that a group

    Of, quote, militant workers from

    New england came down to

    Washington, d.c. in 1971.

    The congressional black caucus.

    Remember the pass books that

    Blacks had to show†–

    >> it looked like a passport.

    They say show me your papers.

    >> the picture was taken by

    Polaroid cameras so the polaroid

    Workers feeling uncomfortable

    That they were working for an

    Employer that was complicitt in

    Support of the apartheid regime

    Wanted the black caucus to

    Introduce a piece of legislation

    Dealing with divestment.

    The caucus had an ambitious


    They said would you meet with

    The polaroid workers.

    I said of course i would.

    John conniers said i will go

    With him.

    That started the bill that took

    15 to 17 years of work.

    It was a group of polaroid

    Workers who had the dignity and

    Integrity to challenge the

    Congressional black caucus.

    >> ken williams was one of the

    Williams and caroline hunter.

    I stayed at her house in

    Martha’s vineyard.

    I am in new york and seeing the

    Story and i’m going i stayed at

    Her house.

    I text her daughter saying i did

    Not realize that is who your mom


    We are going to have her on the

    Show talking about that.

    >>> i want to go to the phones.

    Congress woman norton from d.c.

    Your thoughts about the passing

    Of nelson mandela.

    >> i have to tell you while they

    Were trying to get the

    Administration to support

    Sanctions i was on the outside

    Of the congress.

    When i heard he had passed i

    Remembered when four of us went

    Into the embassy to try to get

    Unionists who were being held

    Who were really the free south

    Africa movement inside of south

    Africa to get them released.

    And that is when the arrests


    People came from all over united

    States, people who were well

    Known and who nobody knew.

    And the free south africa

    Movement grew and the movement

    For divestment grew and the

    United states agreed to

    Sanctions and the end of

    Apartheid was then in the wind.

    I happened to be in cape town on

    The day he was released.

    I was a professor at georgetown

    And a member of the rockefeller

    Foundation board.

    Last thing i expected was the

    Announcement that mandela would

    Be released.

    His journey from the time he was

    Released at 71 years old until

    This year in the congress when

    We celebrated bringing democrats

    And republicans together the

    Entire leadership of the

    Congress celebrated the 95th

    Birthday of nelson mandela.

    That is the full journey that i

    Have seen during my lifetime of

    Nelson mandela, a man who grew

    To great prominence.

    Nobody knew him but when he

    Became the symbol of freedom in

    The world.

    There has never been a political

    Figure like him in my lifetime.

    When they say father of his

    Country i really think of george

    Washington who served one term

    And refused to serve another.

    So did nelson mandela.

    When is the last time you saw a

    Government official give up

    Power like that?

    >> absolutely.

    We appreciate you sharing your

    Reflections regarding nelson


    Thank you very much.

    We are going to take a break.

    When we come back we talk with

    Former ambassador andrew young

    About the connection beteen the

    Civil rights here in the united

    States and will share with us

    The link between dr. King and

    Anti-apartheid in south africa.

    Stay tuned.

    We have more coverage on the

    Life and legacy of nelson

    Mandela on this special edition

    Of tv one’s “news one now.”

    >>> so that we form against


    That day comes now.

    Then we will all be entitled


    >>> welcome back to tv one’s

    Live coverage of the passing of

    Former south african president

    Nelson mandela.

    We have had a number of folks

    Sharing their thoughts about

    Him, this iconic figure.

    Joining us on the phone lines is

    The former ambassador to the

    United nations for the united

    States and former mayor of

    Atlanta, andrew young.

    Welcome to “news one now.”

    >> how are you doing?

    >> glad to talk to you.

    Through was a clear connection

    Between leaders in south africa

    And the civil rights movement

    Here in the united states.

    >> it went all the way back to

    Chief albert, the†– it was

    Founded and i knew about albert

    And anc from sunday school.

    Nelson mandela went to one of

    The colleges that the methodist

    And churches founded.

    We share a common legacy of both

    Oppression and also kind of

    Biblical hope.

    And when albert got the nobel

    Prize dr. King was one of the

    First to congratulate him.

    When martin won in 1964 they

    Collaborated on a general human

    Rights proclamation that went

    Around the world.

    But it was even more subtle than


    When the freedom rides were

    Going on here and it hit

    Television the sharpville riots,

    Really police turning on people

    Of sharpville and killing them.

    Every time we had a movement

    Here it was a parallel explosion

    Of some sort in south africa.

    It was as though we were

    Connected at the hip.

    >> we thank you for joining us

    About your thoughts of nelson


    We will continue our coverage

    Letting people know about who

    This man was, a 360 degree view

    Of him and not just a narrow


    >>> you wanted to pick up on a

    Point something armstrong said


    >> you showed a clip of nelson

    Mandela speaking to a joint

    Session of congress.

    I had the honor of escorting him

    To the floor of congress.

    After that speech he told a

    Story at a luncheon that i think

    Speaks to the point that

    Armstrong made.

    He said that when he was

    Arrested in the context of south

    Africa the races were so

    Polarized that they could not

    Develop a relationship.

    He goes to prison and to his

    Shock and amazement an

    Extraordinary debate begins to

    Occur among white jailers.

    One group says continue to

    Oppress them and treat them

    Harshly so when they get out

    They will never want to come

    Back and never fight against

    Apartheid again.

    A second group of people said we

    May reap what we sow and someday

    Blacks will become the leaders

    Of south africa and if we want

    Us to be treated with dignity

    And respect we must treat them

    With digity and respect.

    The point is in prison blacks

    And whites began to sense each

    Other’s humanity and he thus

    Came out of robben island as

    Transformed human being.

    >> he also spoke about when you

    Have hate it eats at you and

    Doesn’t affect the other person.

    That is why we talked about he

    Left it behind him.

    That is an amazing lesson for

    All of us.

    >> you know, we talk about mr.


    I think context is so important.

    And i’m happy that ambassador

    Young referenced the founders of

    Anc and their shared

    Intellectual and cultural

    Relationship of one another as

    Graduates of historically black

    Colleges and particularly happy

    To hear that ambassador young,

    Graduate of howard university.

    When you visit south africa you

    Really can appreciate the sense

    Of both the africana community

    And majority community.

    Here is someone who in south

    African context is george

    Washington, abraham lincoln and

    Dr. Martin luther king jr.

    We don’t have that and we are

    Not going to have that in my

    View anytime soon,

    Unfortunately, a personality who

    When i first met him you think

    Of iconic figures and therefore

    You think you are visiting a

    Statue, someone frozen in time.

    I’m so happy that our colleagues

    On this panel have humanized


    When i met him what occurred to

    Me was what am i going to say

    After hello.

    And thank you for greeting me.

    And what i found as armstrong

    Found with his family in hosting

    His family, what i found was a

    Very, very warm human being

    Which was almost a


    I wanted a mountain top.

    And we talked and i was

    Fortunate enough, i was

    Schedulealed to visit with him

    For five minutes, a stop and go.

    I visited with him for an hour.

    One aside in terms of his

    Humanity, we met him, i met him

    My last day in south africa.

    I didn’t know what to bring him.

    I had run out of gifts.

    The only thing i had left was a

    Howard baseball cap.

    I gave him the baseball cap.

    And then he took the cap and

    Said i have always wanted a

    Howard baseball cap.

    Of course, he was pulling my


    >> that is a smooth politician

    For you.

    >>> we will talk with

    Congressman marsha.

    I want to hear from her about

    Nelson mandela understanding why

    Women should play a leadership

    Role in the movement which a lot

    Of civil rights leaders didn’t

    Necessarily embrace in this


    Hit us up on twitter as well as

    On facebook.

    We’ll take your comments.

    This is “news one now” with

    Roland martin and our special

    Coverage on the life and legacy

    Of nelson mandela.

    >>> picture you are seeing,

    Interesting when you talk about

    Nelson mandela dying.

    But in many ways they are

    Celebrating his passing.

    It should be very interesting to

    See them singing and chanting

    And showing their love and

    Affection for a huge, huge


    Social media, there was a

    Tremendous outpouring yesterday

    And continues as it relates to

    Nelson mandela.

    Shannon cross joining us now

    With what is happening in the

    Social media world.

    Lots of high profile people

    Weighing in and lots of ordinary

    Folks, as well.

    >> you have politicians,

    Entertainers and journalists all

    Weighing in.

    We have singer rihanna with this


    Nelson mandela, you made your

    People proud.

    We will always love you for it.

    And russell simmons with this

    Quote from mandela.

    Whoopee goldberg tweeted this.

    I want to give the world a hug.

    I was told mandiba just passed.

    And kevin hart the definition of

    Strength is nelson mandela.

    And god bless your resting soul.

    And espn’s steven smith with

    This tweet.

    Thank you, my lord, for giving

    Us nelson mandela.

    Rest in eternal peace.

    And actor who plays nelson

    Mandela in “a long walk to

    Freedom” simply tweeted merci

    Which in french means thank you.

    >> before the announcement

    Yesterday it was interesting

    Seeing folks there talking about

    Folks showing up at the home and

    The police presence.

    That is why i think social media

    Has played such a critical role.

    Opposed to waiting on a news

    Agency to let you know what was

    Happening folks in real time

    Sharing the thoughts and a lot

    Of folks posting photos they

    Took with nelson mandela.

    Over the coming days we’ll be

    Sharing those photos.

    >>> on the phone is chair of the

    Congressional black caucus.

    Congress woman fudge we talk

    About nelson mandela and anc.

    One of the things people often

    Forget and that is the role that

    Women leaders played in carrying

    Forth that torch as well as the

    Young folks in south africa,

    Children vital of winning


    >> winnie mandela was the face

    [†inaudible†] when you talk

    About ron dellham on one of the

    Most influential people.

    We had maxeen waters, the face

    Of the anc in this country and

    Became a member of the anc kwh

    It was considered a terrorist


    People like barbara lee who

    Travelled to other countries who

    Meet with people that were

    Helping to tear down the

    Apartheid regime because she

    Couldn’t do it in this country.

    Women and young people really

    Carried the banner when other

    People were afraid or did not

    Find that they have the position

    Or the strength to do some of

    The things that were done while

    He was in prison.

    And so women really were the

    Face of the movement for many


    >> we certainly thank you for

    Sharing your thoughts with

    Regards to nelson mandela.

    Thank you very much.

    >> thank you.

    >>> armstrong, nelson mandela

    Was not one to not speak to what

    Was happening here at the united


    >> i have to give credit to the

    Man who educated his children

    And took care of his children

    While he was in prison.

    He made transitions quickly and

    Said gospel music sustained him.

    He said i love calling your


    And then he loved boxing.

    He loved boxing.

    And i was stunned how much

    American culture influenced him

    And how much he loved gospel


    >> he also had a tremendous

    Sense of humor.

    You have a photo where he is


    >> well, i have a photo, i don’t

    Know whether you can pick it up.

    But i just told him about my ill

    Fated career in athletics and he

    Threw his head back and laughed.

    He was quick to say he was not

    Laughing at my failure to be an

    Athlete but thinking about all

    Of the athletes that he knew who

    Wanted to be what he wanted to

    Be, namely a real athlete.

    I wanted to talk about law.

    Of course, he was a lawyer.

    He wanted to come back to my


    >> one of his fantasies†– he

    Said to me i want to be a heavy

    Weight champion of the world.

    >> when he was boxing he was


    That was big back then.

    >> i would like to offer this

    One observation.

    Martin luther king said once

    That longevity has its place.

    I would love to live a long

    Life, but he didn’t live a long


    He gave us a picture of the

    Power of peace and the power of


    Nelson mandela was given the

    Gift of longevity and he not

    Only shows the vision of it but

    Showed us how to do it.

    That was the difference in my

    Opinion between nelson mandela

    And martin luther king.

    >>> after the break we speak

    With congress woman barbara lee.

    It is 16 before the top of the


    You are looking at a live

    Picture outside the home of

    Nelson mandela.

    This is “news one now” with

    Roland martin.

    Back in a moment.

    >>> was so vicious.

    At the time i did not blame any

    Of those.

    >> that was an interview i

    Conducted with winnie mandela a

    Couple of years when she came to

    The united states and spoke at a

    Church in birmingham, alabama.

    Joining us on the phone is

    Congresswoman barbara lee.

    Welcome to “news one now.”

    >> happy to be with you today.

    >> what is the one memory that

    Stands out to you as it relates

    To nelson mandela, the man.

    >> when he came to washington,

    D.c. to say thank you.

    He has humility and ability to

    Demonstrate to all of us that as

    A freedom fighter and one who

    Fought the justice and for

    Freedom that one should remain

    Humble and one should move


    In the development of society do

    It in a way that would allow for


    His presence i think many people

    Would say he was larger than

    Life and you felt that sense of

    Serenity, peace and calm.

    He had strength and knew you

    Were with a magnificent human


    >> i called randal robinson


    He was traveling and couldn’t

    Join us.

    He said one person i want you to

    Call is harvard professorer

    Charlesogetree because it was

    His efforts.

    He said we called and said we

    Need you to line the lawyers up

    And have them ready because when

    Folks start protesting at south

    African embassies across the

    Country we will need lawyers to

    Bail them out of jail.

    Talk about how important it was

    To have black politicians, black

    Lawyers, black activists and

    Others all united when it came

    To helping nelson mandela and

    The anc bring down the racist

    Apartheid government in south


    >> it was critical.

    I started supporting mandela

    Before i knew he was mandela.

    I was a student at stanford and

    Had a protest against apartheid.

    I held a sign up that said let

    My people go.

    And that continued.

    Randal said ogletree is going to

    Lead this movement.

    We had a lot of folks, we were

    All getting together to march in

    1984 for nelson mandela’s


    We had to make sure people

    Understood that we were there to


    I visited south africa several


    He is a man of courage, of

    Incredible will and he will be


    I hope this group here should

    Write a book called “i am nelson


    People may remember the movie

    About malcolm x.

    Nelson mandela did a video

    Saying i am malcolm x.

    We have to be him, his

    Commitment and courage.

    That is what i hope we do in the

    21st century.

    We will forever remember this

    Man not just as a global figure

    But someone who should have a

    National and global holiday to

    Recognize his birth and years of

    Service to a great country.

    >> thank you for sharing your

    Thoughts about nelson mandela

    Here with us on tv one at “news

    One now.”

    I want to go back to our panel.

    Got to be a tough act to follow

    If you had to be the president

    After nelson mandela served.

    >> i want to try to do that.

    You had†– he had problems

    Acknowledging that hiv existed


    And then you got zuma after


    And then you have so much high


    It is disenchantment to the


    People expected so much.

    When you go back so little has

    Changed economically.

    >> let me†–

    >> we award an honorary degree

    To mr. Mandela.

    At the time there was a plaque

    Presented to howard to

    Acknowledge the colleges and

    Universities that had been

    Engaged in anti-apartheid


    He had a very difficult task

    Ahead of him.

    His task was not simply eto

    Succeed a personality but

    Somebody who embodied an ideal

    South africa that has not been

    Fully realized.

    I’m not sure anyone could have

    Fulfilled the aspirations that

    Were triggered by mr. Mandela’s


    I think we sometimes overlook

    The task, the difficulty of the

    Task in front of you but i think

    We need to acknowledge what he

    Did, as well.

    >> armstrong we will get your

    Comment when we come back.

    We want to thank congress woman

    Lee for calling and professor


    This is “news one now” with

    Roland martin and our continuing

    Coverage of south african

    President nelson mandela.

    >>> some of us have to continue

    As long as we have in us to

    Fulfill the dreams that everyone

    Of us fought for.

    >> that was my interview with

    Winnie mandela.

    Joining me on the phone is

    Former congressman from


    Welcome to “news one now.”

    >> thank you very much.

    >> what did nelson mandela mean

    To you?

    >> well, nelson mandela treated

    Me like a son and i admired him

    As you would a father.

    But more than anything what he

    Has meant to me in the world is

    That in his passing we have

    Witnessed one of the greatest

    Figures of human history leaving

    The stage of life who through

    The simple eloquence of his

    Example inspired presidents,

    Popes and the common man to a

    Legacy and a belief that good

    Would always overcome evil.

    And so much has been said and so

    Much will continue to be said.

    I hope we personally hold him in

    Our hearts and remember we are

    Whole and the nation is better

    Because he lived.

    >> thank you for joining us


    >> final thoughts.

    We start to my right armstrong


    >> mandela is a powerful symbol.

    The person that holds south

    Africa together is winnie


    She is a general.

    She is a warrior and tough.

    She has the respect and trust of

    The people.

    As long as she lives you won’t

    See the chaos that could ensue

    At the possibility of mr.

    Mandela dying.

    >> i look at him as a giant of

    Both intellect and humanity

    Which is a combination that is

    Rare to find anywhere at any


    I think the ideal of mr. Mandela

    Is so powerful that it will

    Continue to thrive.

    >> i think his life challenges

    Us to be courageous and find

    Something we believe in and want

    To die for.

    >> i want to share a personal


    Mandela meets with anc.

    That morning i’m going to meet

    Nelson mandela after i have been

    Saying free mandela, free my

    People, free south africa.

    Bill gray says mr. Mandela i

    Want you to meet congressman

    Dellham and he said you kept

    Hope alive.

    He hugged me.

    If i live to be 1,000 i will

    Never forget the power of that


    >> i want to thank all of you

    For being with us and everyone

    Who called in and shared their

    Thoughts about nelson mandela.

    Next ten days is a mourning


    Funeral will be held on december


    We will continue to have

    Coverage as it relates to the

    Passing of nelson mandela.

    Of course you can check me out

    At twitter.

    Be sure to watch tv one.

    We have various coverage this

    Weekend, various documentaries

    On nelson mandela.

    We will see you next week.

    Thank you for watching this

    Special edition focusing on the

    Life and legacy of the iconic

    And the great.

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