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Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela Long Walk to Freedom
Melzina Mazibuko
Newcastle, KWAZulu-Natal, South Africa
2010
15 1/2" x 21 3/4"
Cotton
MSU Museum Accession 2010:123.3
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

Melzina Mazibuko is a charter member of the Isiphethu (a Zulu word meaning “Fountain”) group. The Isiphethu began in l999 when a group of women from Madadeni and Osizweni came together to embroider appliqué images for a Woman’s Day project organized by the Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle. This project inspired the women to continue creating and a workshop program was launched in 2000. The group continues to work under the umbrella of the gallery and is encouraged to attend mentorship programs where business development and quality control are discussed. They have exhibited nationally and internationally and won many awards.

Melzina Mazibuko says of this piece:
Mandela Long Walk to Freedom Mandela make people proud to be who they are street sweepers to royalty are drawn into his extraordinary aura. Mandela made the idea possible that between black and white people their would be a peaceful growing together. Mandela saw his release not as an end point, but a the beginning of critical phase in SA march to freedom. Mandela speaks to the people that "I greet you in the name of peace."

Depicted in this piece are Mandela, Sisulu, Tutu, and Tamba at Robbin Island doing manual labor such as breaking stones.




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