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Q&A: Former Oregon Congresswoman Remembers Mandela

OPB | Dec. 9, 2013 1:53 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 6:40 a.m. | Portland

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World leaders are descending on South Africa to attend public memorial services for the late President Nelson Mandela, who died last week.

Elizabeth Furse had the privilege of returning to South Africa in 1994 to attend the inauguration of Nelson Mandela after decades of apartheid had come to an end. 

She went as a Congresswoman from Oregon.  In fact, Ms. Furse was the first African-born American to be elected to Congress, a distinction that holds to this day.

Elizabeth Furse grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era. 

She now lives in the Portland area, and she joined us by phone.

To hear the conversation, click the audio file above.
 

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