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NOV 09, 2013 - Huffington Post

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U.S. Ambassador To South Africa Inspired By Early Meeting With Nelson Mandela

JOHANNESBURG -- JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new United States ambassador to South Africa says he was a "young kid" when he first met Nelson Mandela, who traveled to the U.S. a few months after he was released from jail in 1990. Patrick Gaspard, now 46 years old, was so enthralled that he ignored the anti-apartheid leader's simple request in a municipal chamber in New York City. "I'm standing in the room and I don't even realize that he and I have been left alone," said Gaspard, then a lead organizer of the city's rapturous welcome for Mandela. "At some point, I hear someone say, 'Young man, are ... Read More

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