After this experience, I followed South African events more closely. I was ecstatic upon the release of Mr. Mandela on February 11, 1990 and the dismantling of apartheid. And, jubilant at South Africa's first free elections on April 27, 1994 and Mr. Mandela's inauguration as South Africa's first Black President in May 1994. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to witness those achievements in my lifetime.
I look back to that late afternoon in London, June 1989 fondly.
"During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to the struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."- Nelson Mandela