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Polish Solidarity leader to speak in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — The leader of Poland's Solidarity movement that challenged communism will speak in Cincinnati.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is hosting Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech (lek) Walesa (vah-WEN'-suh) and South Africans representing the late Nelson Mandela this weekend. The center says that Walesa, the president of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and Mandela's grandson will speak to reporters Friday at the center.

Walesa and Mandela have been named International Freedom Conductors, with an awards banquet planned Saturday evening.

Walesa battled for worker rights, and growing support for the Solidarity movement led to elections in 1989 that were a landslide for Solidarity. Walesa was elected president of newly democratic Poland in 1990.

Mandela died last year. The anti-apartheid leader who became president also was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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