Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, Sahm Venter
From four different prisons over 27 years of confinement, Nelson Mandela penned a multitude of letters to prison authorities, government officials, compatriots and, most memorably, his wife Winnie and his five children. More than 250 are highlighted in the new book The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, released on what would have been the 100th birthday of the revered anti-apartheid activist and South African president on July 10. Mandela’s granddaughter, Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, joins Nelson Mandela Foun
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Reception: 
2:30 pm
Program: 
3:00 pm
Event at Capacity
***General admission seating in the main viewing area is now AT CAPACITY***

Those who RSVP after 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2018, will be seated in Helzberg Auditorium on the fifth floor of the Central Library where the event will be shown via livestream.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available. VIP tickets start at $50 and include: a reserved seat in the first two rows of the main viewing area, express entry to the event (avoid the check-in line), and a copy of the book, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela ($35 value) signed by the editor Sahm Venter and Mandela’s granddaughter, Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, who authored the forward.

All proceeds from the sale of VIP tickets benefits programming at the Kansas City Public Library.


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From four different prisons over 27 years of confinement, Nelson Mandela penned a multitude of letters to prison authorities, government officials, compatriots and, most memorably, his wife Winnie and his five children. More than 250 are highlighted in the new book The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, released on what would have been the 100th birthday of the revered anti-apartheid activist and South African president on July 10.

Mandela’s granddaughter, Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, joins Nelson Mandela Foundation senior researcher Sahm Venter in discussing this intimate portrait of one of the most inspiring figures of the 20th century. Kansas City is one of only four U.S. stops on their book tour, joining New York, San Francisco, and Dallas.

Co-presented by the Black Community Fund.