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Reporter's Notebook: Mandela Legacy Becomes Personal

I have never met Nelson Mandela. He retired from public life before I moved to South Africa in 2009.   But as I soon discovered, he is everywhere in this country. South Africans call him Tata, or father, as if he were a family member. People wear shirts emblazoned with his face and sing songs about his achievements. Countless South Africans who met him tell of the surprising intimacy he was able to forge with complete strangers. He’s also been the most important story of my...

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