CBS's 48 HOURS Presents 'Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation' Tonight

December 7
12:30 2013
CBS's 48 HOURS Presents 'Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation' Tonight

Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor of the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY, will anchor "Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation," a one-hour 48 Hours PRESENTS special featuring original reporting from CBS News journalists who have covered Mandela's life firsthand and using a quarter-century of rich CBS News footage of his fight for freedom and the human toll it took on a nation. The special will be broadcast tonight, Dec. 7, 2013 (9:00 PM, ET/8:00 PM, CT) on the CBS Television Network.

In the hour, CBS News' Bob Simon will look at Mandela's life from prisoner to president. Martha Teichner reports on what it was like to be in South Africa in 1990 when Mandela was released from prison and the impact on the country. Finally, CBS News Cultural Correspondent Wynton Marsalis and South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela will explore the role of music as an instrument for social change.

"Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation" includes interviews with former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, Archbishop and civil rights activist Desmond Tutu and Mandela autobiographer Richard Stengel.

Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer of "Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation."

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