In 1990, after serving 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela conducts a 12-day, 8-city, tour across the United States advocating continued sanctions against South Africa and raising money to strengthen the African National Congress. The Nelson Mandela Freedom Tour included a stop in Detroit on June 28 where he, and his wife Winnie were greeted by enthusiastic supporters, including Coleman Young, Stevie Wonder, UAW President Owen Bieber, Detroit NAACP President the late Dr. Arthur Johnson, Judge Damon Keith, members of the Detroit Pistons, and many others. In Michigan, Mandela visited a Ford Motor Co. plant in Dearborn, and attended a rally at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994-1999.
Coleman A. Young and Nelson Mandela. Official photograph from the “Nelson Mandela Freedom Tour” stop in Detroit on June 28, 1990.
Coleman Young and Nelson Mandela, June 1990.
Nelson Mandela speaking as Coleman Young and members of the Detroit Pistons look on. From left: Isiah Thomas, John Salley, Young, UAW President Owen Bieber.
Coleman Young, Owen Bieber and Nelson Mandela.
Isiah Thomas, John Salley, Coleman A. Young, Owen Bieber, and Nelson Mandela.
John Salley presents Nelson Mandela with some Detroit Pistons gear.
Nelson Mandela at podium with musician Stevie Wonder and Coleman Young at Tiger Stadium in Detroit.