A sea of faces greeted him.

Day Of Release – Mandela Freed – February 11,1990

A sea of faces greeted him.

A sea of joyous faces greeted him.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Nelson Mandela’s release from Prison – February 11, 1990 – CBS Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Events moved quickly in 1990, culminating in the release from Prison of Nelson Mandela on February 11, 1990.

A crowd of some 50,000 supporters assembled outside the Courthouse in Cape Town to greet the arrival of Mandela, who had been imprisoned over 27 years for his efforts to end apartheid and discrimination in South Africa and to end minority rule.

As a reminder of the moment and how it electrified a nation and the world, here is that address from the steps of the Courthouse in Cape Town on February 11, 1990.

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