NEW YORK (PIX11) — On a sunny June day in 1990, Nelson Mandela arrived in New York City, the first of an eight-city tour around the United States to rally support against apartheid.
Along the way, Mandela also did a little sightseeing, stopping by the Statue of Liberty and even proclaiming that “I am a Yankee!”
He also acquired some gifts — Mayor David Dinkins presented him with a pair of keys to the city, and an array of religious leaders gave him a $200,000 check.
Thousands gathered on Wall Street to see the “Mandela-mobile,” and his visit to the Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant drew crowds.
Mandela was surrounded by love and support from New York 23 years ago — and ultimately, his prediction that “Apartheid is doomed” became a reality, as the world is recalling now, through his ideas and leadership.