See a challenge to the assertion that Occidental eventually divested, at the bottom.
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You could say Nelson Mandela gave President Obama the inspiration he needed to embark on a career in leadership.
And it all started right here in L.A. The future president's first political speech urged his school at the time, Occidental College, to divest from South Africa. That it did -- years later.
Following banner headlines about Mandela's death today, we tracked down former Occidental dean of students Brigida Knauer, who now lives in Washington State, to talk about those days in the early 1980s.More »