By Special From Mandela Foundation
JOHANNESBURG — The United States First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg on June 21 on the first leg of her trip to South Africa and Botswana.
Accompanied by her mother Marian Robinson, her daughters Malia and Sasha and her niece Leslie and her nephew Avery, Mrs Obama met members of Mandela’s family and his wife Graça Machel.
Sello Hatang and Sahm Venter, the co-editors of the soon to be released book, “Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Quotations Book,” presented Mrs Obama with an advance copy.
Hatang and the head of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, Verne Harris, showed the First Lady a display of archival items housed in the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory including prison desk calendars, notebooks and draft letters. She was introduced to the senior archivist, Razia Saleh.
Mrs Obama expressed appreciation for the display saying, “You are doing very important work.”
She then proceeded to Mandela’s house where she paid him a courtesy call.