Prof. James Joseph

US Ambassador to South Africa, 1996-2000
As a young college student, James Joseph protested and picketed against institutions that were involved with South Africa. As a professional adult, Professor Joseph served four American Presidents and was the only American ambassador to officially meet with President Mandela. It was at this meeting that he’s apparently said to have told the President it was nice that he could replace his ‘Free Mandela’ sign, with his official ambassadorial accreditation.
And in 1999, Professor Joseph was awarded the Order of Good Hope, by Mandela’s successor, President Thabo Mbeki, the highest honour a foreigner can receive from South Africa.
Named in 1979 as ‘One of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans’, he went onto become the founder of the US Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Value at the University of Cape Town.