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July 18th, 2009
05:58 PM ET

Mandela Day

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela! He turns 91 today.

There's a special Mandela Day all-star concert t at radio city msuic hall in New York.

But the former South African President won't be there. He's at home, inspiring others with his birthday wish.

Cedric Suzman was Among those wishing Mandela a happy birthday.
He's with the southern center for international studies and the cousin of the late Helen Suzman, who relentlessly challenged South Africa's apartheid and visited Mandela in jail weekly.

Join Fredricka Whitfield every weekend to see more stories and interviews like these!


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
July 18th, 2009
03:26 PM ET

Remember a Journalism Giant

We're remembering journalism giant, Walter Cronkite, who died Friday evening at age 92.

His influence on generations of journalism students has been profound.

Founding Dean of the Cronkite School of Journalism Christopher Callahan joins me from Phoenix.

Walter Cronkite's voice gave credence and authority to more than just the news.

He also used his famous pipes in a documentary about italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi. Chris Seufert, producer and founder of Mooncusser Films, worked with Cronkite on the project.


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
July 18th, 2009
01:56 PM ET

Developing hope

A new development in the Bronx is giving hope to low-income and homeless families.  And some of the innovative features in this apartment building may have neighbors green with envy. 

Fredricka Whitfield has more.


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
July 18th, 2009
12:20 PM ET

Walter Cronkite: The way it was

No one ever wants to say goodbye. America is doing that today.

Walter Cronkite touched our lives in so many ways. Whether it was the calming voice, the glasses or the wisdom, he made us take notice. If it came out of Cronkite's mouth, it MUST be important. President Lyndon Johnson knew it and so did the rest of us.

So as we say goodbye to an icon, we remember how he enhanced our lives by helping to teach the value of information. For broadcast journalists, he was a model: This is how it’s done (my words) and “That’s the way it is”(his). I’d love to hear your comments, your memories of pioneering Walter Cronkite.


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
July 18th, 2009
12:00 PM ET

Fixing computers a world away

Seth Owusu is a computer technician for Geek Squad, the computer repair team in the Best Buy Stores. It is after his long work days fixing computers, that he makes his greatest repair. Seth runs Entire Village Computer Organization (EVCO), a charity that refurbishes computers and delivers them to schools in Ghana. And much like the 3 year warranties offered at electronic stores, Seth and his team make a 3 year commitment to keep the computers up and running.

Seth Owusu grew up in Ghana, and was deeply touched by missionaries visiting his school, who were willing to travel so far to help strangers. After relocating to the United States he founded EVCO, picking up donated computers, and refurbishing them in his garage and basement. The extra hours and hard work are validated with each trip to Africa, where he has seen improvement in the villages that have received his donations, with greater attendance in the schools and a higher interest in education. EVCO has donated 120 computers thus far, in Ghana and now also Nigeria. They plan to add one additional country to their program each year.

For Seth, he is able to build something greater than a line of working computers. He is able to help build a brighter future for the children in these schools.

To learn more about EVCO and other organizations that are helping children, please visit our Impact Your World page.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
July 18th, 2009
11:27 AM ET

Personal Memory of Walter Cronkite

There's a story behind the famous line "and that's the way it is."
CNN Newsroom writer Clint Deloatch recalls his days as a summer intern for CBS when Walter Cronkite anchored CBS Evening News.

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July 18th, 2009
03:38 AM ET

Journalism Loses a Legend

Former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite died Friday in his New York home, CBS reported. He was 92.

Join us this morning in the CNN Newsroom with TJ Holmes and Betty Nguyen as we look back on Cronkite's incredible career. 6am ET/3am PT.

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