Dear Mr Mandela Dear Mrs Parks: Children's Letters

In commemoration of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are sharing letters from children in the #UnitedStates and #SouthAfrica written to human rights icons Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela in the early 90's. The letters form part of popular exhibit, “Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons,” held in the Nelson Mandela Museum. In September 2020, the U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town issued a grant to the Nelson Mandela Museum in partnership with Michigan State University to update, expand, and digitise the exhibit. The newly updated exhibit is set tolaunch later this year. The inspiration for the exhibit came from the hundreds of letters children around the world wrote to #NelsonMandela and #RosaParks expressing their admiration for their work in human rights. The young and innocent are often unexpectedly wise, and these letters allow a glimpse into their state of mind during the early 90's, and highlights our shared histories, struggles and triumphs. Join us as we listen to their words. First in the series we share the words of South African youth Thandile who wrote a letter to Nelson Mandela in the early 90's.