February 11, 1990, I along with millions of others, waited and watched. For me, I was a younger version of myself and early in my college career. Due to the 8 hour time change, I had to set my alarm to wake up at in the wee hours on February 11, 1990. On this date Nelson ‘Madiba' Mandela walked to freedom after spending 27 years in prison- the name Madiba is Nelson Mandela's tribal name. I had originally learned about South Africa and Madiba from an HBO movie about his life and times. So, it was a no brainer that I recognized the importance of witnessing this significant and symbolic historical event. I come from a bi-racial background with Latino and African-American roots - and I maintain a keen interest in civil rights history and I continue to try to understand the world in which we live. I had always been drawn to historic figures such as Gandhi, Malcolm, Rosa, and Martin; however, over the course of several years I was learning the story of a man who had been imprisoned for decades and of the struggle against apartheid.