Nelson Mandela in His Own Words

Gay McDougal on Good Morning America, December 06, 2013

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This segment on the life of Nelson Mandela features an interview with Fordham Law Mulligan Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Law Gay McDougall beginning at 42:47. McDougall, who worked with Mandela just weeks after his release from prison in 1990, grew up as an African American during the Jim Crow era in the United States. Her anti-apartheid work with the Electoral Commission of South Africa connected her experience in the United States with the experience of South Africans during the late 20th century. “I felt in a sense like I was a bridge between the histories of our two countries," she says. 

McDougall remains proud of the work she did to help Mandela promote desegregation and democracy.  “I would say that the greatest moment of my life was being able to stand next to him when he voted for the first time," she says.