Jon Lee Anderson, writing for The New Yorker:
When Mandela went into prison on November 7, 1962, J.F.K. was still alive and Krushchev was in power; the Cuba Missile Crisis had not yet occurred. In much of the southern United States, official racial segregation and forms of institutionalized bigotry not so unlike those of apartheid endured. Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s “I have a dream speech” was still a year away.
One of my favorite New Yorker voices writes a short but powerful remembrance.