Stanford students lend their faces, voices to Maya Angelou’s Mandela poem

December 11th, 2013

After the U.S. State Department released “His Day is Done,” a tribute poem for the late South African President NELSON MANDELA by MAYA ANGELOU,  a group of Stanford students were inspired to offer their own interpretation of the poet’s words.

“Mandela’s work transcends race and ethnicity, and we wanted to display that in the video through the diversity of the speakers and harmony of the poem and lighting,” TAMER SHABANI, ’14, wrote in an email. Shabani, co-president of the Stanford African Students Association (SASA), and co-creators CHAD MCCLYMONDS, ’12,  and HANA KAJIMURA, ’14, videotaped the Stanford tribute on Monday night, edited it Tuesday morning and played it at a tribute to Mandela held at the Black Community Services Center Tuesday afternoon. That event, sponsored by SASA and the Center for African Studies, also featured student and faculty speakers and performances. 

 

Stanford Students Pay Tribute to Nelson Mandela from chad mcclymonds on Vimeo.

Students in order of appearance in the video: PONI BEPO, DAVID DINDI, NADEEM ANJARWALLA, MILTON ACHELPOHL, ANNA ASARE, MELISSA ROSMAN, KARL KUMODZI, MORGAN ABBETT, CASEY KHADEMI, IAN CHAN, BRANDON HILL, BANA HATZEY, HANA KAJIMURA, ADITYA TODI, MONZI ONI and ATHEEL ELMALIK.