Mandela’s passing: Social justice to economic justice

By: Boston.com


This past year, forty Northeastern students had the privilege of meeting with retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, where he advised them on forgiveness and peace. According to Dennis Shaughnessy, executive professor of entrepreneurship and innovation and the founder and executive director of the Social Enterprise Institute at Northeastern University writes, that since 2007, forty Northeastern University undergraduate students have travelled to South Africa as part of their global enterprise studies to do service work with college students who attend a "free" university for the poor. Each year, students on this trip have had the privilege of privately meeting with Nelson Mandela’s close friend and fellow Robben Island prisoner, Dr. Ahmed Kathrada. Shaughnessy reflects on his work in South Africa under Nelson Mandela's influence, and looks toward the future. "It is the great Madiba’s historic legacy that South Africa is finally a free, democratic and non-discriminatory society. It is up to the current and future leaders of this remarkable country to carry that legacy forward from social justice to economic justice. With social equality comes the expectation for full and complete equality. The expectation among the millions of poor South Africans is for more and better jobs, and the improved conditions of daily life that follow productive and meaningful work for all."