For Madiba with Love: A Detroit Center Photo Exhibition

11 September 2014
For Madiba with Love: A Detroit Center Photo Exhibition

As the first exhibition of the recently dedicated Lester P. Monts Hall, the University of Michigan Detroit Center is proud to present, “For Madiba with Love! Photographs of Nelson Mandela and the South African Struggle: 1985-2013.”

A program for the exhibit will be held from on Tuesday, October 14. Activities include a reception from 5-7 p.m.; a brief talk and Q&A session with Mr. Turnley from 6-6:20 p.m., and a screening of the film, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Complimentary admission, light refreshments and parking are available to all attendees. 

Through November 21, "For Madiba with Love!" provides unprecedented access to the famed civil rights leader. The images of Mandela and the people of South Africa come from the collection of David Turnley, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and Associate Professor at the U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013) was a South African revolutionary activist, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 - 1999. He was South Africa's first democratically elected black President after the fall of the Apartheid system. During his Presidency, Mandela focused on disassembling the institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality that had been engrained in South Africa’s culture. Mandela also served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 – 1997 and internationally, was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 - 1999. Mandela gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honors, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, Soviet Order of Lenin and US Presidential Medal of Freedom.

About the Photographer: David C. Turnley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and filmmaker. He won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in photography for images of the political uprisings in China and Eastern Europe, including the Fall of the Berlin Wall and Tienanmen Square in China. He was a runner-up for the Pulitzer four other times. He has also won the World press Picture of the year, the prestigious Robert Capa Award for Courage and the Overseas Press Club Award.

For more information, please contact the Detroit Center: (313) 593-3584 or

Special thanks to Kathi Reister, Gallery Coordinator of the University Library system for leading the effort to reopen the Center’s gallery space with such an exceptional exhibit.

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