On his first meeting with former South African President Nelson Mandela
"The new South Africa needs us. To be specific, if a truly, multiracial state will grow out of apartheidâ€™s ashes, it needs contributions of African American skills and financial resources. That was the message President Mandela delivered to a gathering of prominent black American business and political leaders when he visited BLACK ENTERPRISEâ€™soffices a year after he gained his freedom.Black America has created, sustained and grown its own businesses and sent executives to the nationâ€™s largest corporations. South Africa needs this knowledge."