A E T N Logo
Support The Programs You Love DONATE NOW

Celebrating the Life of Nelson Mandela

Posted on 10 Dec 2013

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." 

- Nelson Mandela (July, 18, 1918 - Dec. 5, 2013) 


In the past several days since Nelson Mandela's passing, we've watched individuals from South Africa and around the globe take to the streets, the web and social media to express their grief and memorialize his iconic life. 

We invite you to join us to celebrate his unique outlook and vision for the future. In wake of his passing, AETN and PBS have assembled a definitive collection of resources to remember his achievements and the profound impact, beginning with the broadcast of "The Long March of Nelson Mandela" on "FRONTLINE," Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 9 p.m.

This extraordinary biography, created by "FRONTLINE" executive producer David Fanning himself, is a rich resource to learn more about how Mandela united a nation and inspired the world. The two-hour documentary will explore an intimate and surprising story of the beloved statesman, which few may know. Documenting the life of a bomb-throwing revolutionary who became a skilled politician while in prison - who was also a passionate individual who sacrificed the love of his life for a country that needed him more - the film draws on stories and insights from Mandela's closest colleagues, fellow prisoners, friends and political adversaries to paint a thorough portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest leaders. "The Long March of Nelson Mandela" is available to watch online for the very first time at: www.pbs.org/wghb/pages/frontline/shows/mandela.

We also invite you to visit the program's Facebook page to view an innovative social media project, centering around a timeline of Mandela's life. Covering nearly a center of history with extensive pictures, exclusive interviews and letters - as well as unforgettable excerpts from the film - this timeline will offer you the opportunity to share your thoughts and memories and become acquainted with others impacted by Mandela's life.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013


Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.


Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.


Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.


Save the Date for AETN Family Day
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.