Detroiters remember being at Tiger Stadium to hear Nelson Mandela speak in 1990

DETROIT (WXYZ) - When he was released from prison, Nelson Mandela went on a tour in the U.S. but he only visited 11 cities.  Detroit was one of them. He spoke at Tiger Stadium on June 28, 1990. 

When Mandela spoke that day, people in the Detroit area remember exactly where they were and how they felt.

"I was in the stadium.  It was just tremendous," said Debora Matthews.

"I was outside the stadium," said Lonnie Barnes.

"I think my heart just fluttered the whole time. It was just such an honor to see him," said Matthews. 

"It was monumental.  It was a proud moment," said Barnes.  "It inspired a lot of hope."

"I felt like I was in the presence of somebody so important and so rich," said Matthews.  "I went to U of M and when that stadium's full of over 100,000 people, is what it felt like in Tiger Stadium."

"It was elbow to elbow.  And it was all walks of people matter of fact," said Barnes.

"It was just amazing to see people talk in all colors and all cultures," said Matthews.

Even if you couldn't be at the stadium, you still heard the same message loud and clear.

"I've learned from such a humble individual and i take that to heart and i take it very seriously," said Edith Killins.

"He brought so many people together and made sure that this world was a little bit better," said April Sutton.

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