Eddie Daniels

Eddie Daniels (right) with former South African President Nelson Mandela

From South Africa to Ohio: BGSU welcomes freedom fighter Eddie Daniels

The campus and community will have the opportunity to meet South African freedom fighter Eddie Daniels when he pays a visit to BGSU Oct. 17 and 18.

Daniels will give a public lecture from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in 115 Education Building. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to hear his story of the struggle for justice, nonracialism and democracy in South Africa.

Because of his opposition to apartheid as a member of the Liberal Party of South Africa and the African Resistance Movement, Daniels was banned, detained, imprisoned and banned again. He served a long prison sentence on Robben Island in the company of Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters.

In the foreword of Daniels’ autobiographical book, There and Back: Robben Island 1964-1979, then-South African President Mandela wrote: “We had the pleasure of working closely with Comrade Eddie throughout his 15-year stay on the Island. We recall his loyalty and courage; his sense of humour and justice, as well as total commitment to the struggle of the prisoners for the eradication of injustice and for the betterment of their conditions. Literally hundreds of political prisoners passed through Robben Island during its three decades as a political prison. Apart from their common experience, each prisoner will have had experiences unique to himself, and will therefore add further dimensions to our recollections. Taken together, they will undoubtedly make valuable and much-needed contributions to the history of Robben Island.”

The lecture is sponsored by the School of Leadership and Policy Studies and the College of Education and Human Development dean’s office. For more information, contact Dr. Patty Kubow, educational foundations and inquiry, at 2-7380 or

September 25, 2006