This week in history: Nelson Mandela visits Detroit, speaks at Tiger Stadium in 1990

In 1990, Nelson Mandela visited Detroit and spoke at Tiger Stadium. WDIV had big time coverage for the event, hosted by Carmen Harlan. Here's a look back.

On June 28, 1990, Nelson Mandela visited Detroit and spoke to a massive crowd at Tiger Stadium, just months after being freed from prison in South Africa.

Mandela was greeted by thousands in the city and the scene at Tiger Stadium was unforgettable, with performances by Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and more.

Mandela was on a tour of 11 cities in North America. He passed away in 2013.

WDIV produced a full-length special on his visit to Detroit -- you can watch it in the video player above.

About the Author:

Ken Haddad is the digital content and audience manager for WDIV / He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013. He enjoys suffering through Lions games on Sundays in the fall.