Mr. Ahmed Kathrada and Ms. Barbara Hogan were warmly received by students and teachers at Lexington Catholic High School this morning. Students at the school were honored to meet Mr. Kathrada and listen to him speak about his experiences fighting apartheid, being imprisoned next to Nelson Mandela for 26 years, and helping to build a new South Africa upon his release. Lexington Catholic students had already studied Mr. Kathrada’s life through reading his memoirs, “No Bread for Mandela,” which was just released in the United States last month. Following Mr. Kathrada’s remarks, the Commonwealth of Kentucky appointed him an honorary Kentucky Colonel.
To see more pictures of this and other events during their visit to Kentucky, visit our Facebook page. To learn more about our South African Initiative, visit southafrica.as.uky.edu.