Winnie Mandela to deliver commencement speech at JCSU

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Winnie Mandela is a worldwide symbol of freedom and a political icon. Hundreds of students will hear her story and advice for their futures Sunday during the commencement ceremony at Johnson C. Smith University.

Mandela worked to end apartheid while her former husband Nelson Mandela was imprisoned nearly three decades.

She said her country is still a new democracy 17 years later. She said South Africa is doing politically well, but economically things are still a struggle.

"Those who fought for freedom and those who continue to fight for freedom will ... obtain their freedom," she said. "Because oppression and racism should really be declared crimes," said Mandela.

Dr. Ron Carter, JCSU's president, called her a transformative leader.

You'll hear much more from Mandela Tuesday at 6 on WBTV, as she goes one-on-one with our Dedrick Russell.