June 2017

We Didn’t Realize It Would Be So Easy to Fight and So Hard to Transform

Winnie Mandela
Winnie Mandela
Today I had the great privilege of meeting and speaking with Winnie Mandela, widow of Nelson Mandela and a crucial leader of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa in her own right.

Several of us were in Johannesburg for the opening of the Harvard Center for African Studies (CAS) office here – the first CAS outpost on the continent. I’m the HBS representative to the CAS Executive Committee. We also have an office here – the brand new HBS Africa Research Center under the direction of Pippa Armerding – and I’m the Faculty Chair.

Emmanuel Akyeampong is the Faculty Director of the Harvard Center for African Studies. He’s a historian originally from Ghana and has been at Harvard for about 25 years.... Read more about We Didn’t Realize It Would Be So Easy to Fight and So Hard to Transform