Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star
During his time as a public figure Madiba has touched and positively enriched the lives of thousands of children through visits to schools, hospitals and other institutions, messages of inspiration and, most recently, the endorsement of an illustrated children’s version of his book The Long Walk to Freedom.
In the early years after his release, he would often sing his own version of the nursery rhyme “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” during visits to small children. Over time, this became something of a tradition, and children would join in with gusto and enthusiasm whenever Madiba initiated the song.
The new online exhibition, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, features a slideshow of images of Mr Mandela with children dating from the early 1950s right up until July 2010, including a selection of his quotes.
Complementing the slide show is a video montage of Reuters footage showing Mr Mandela interacting with small children – singing, dancing, talking and sharing in the unique and special way that has helped him to put a twinkle in the eye of thousands, if not millions of children.
View the Reuter's footage by clicking on this link.