Thank you Tata. God’s Speed.
#Rest In Eternal #Paradise #Mandela.
Thank you for your individual contribution to the fight for human rights and global peace… your legacy will survive eternity.
Nelson Mandela will never die.
#freedomfighter #artforfreedom #revolutionoflove
"Anyone who believes Madiba to be flawless and above reproach is naïve in the extreme. Every leader is forced to compromise at some point - tough decisions have to be made that may conflict with one’s own ideals, but serve those of the collective body one represents. These ideological clashes are common, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that one betrays one’s integrity. It is precisely this acute integrity that Madiba displayed on each occasion he was called upon to take tough positions… In simple terms, he walked the walk."
✊✊✊ For all the dreamers…
Revolutionary! #NelsonMandela #Mandela #SouthAfrica
"Nelson Mandela became a leader in the African National Congress. At first he pushed hard for the congress and the protesters to follow Mohandas Gandhi’s non-violence approach. At one point he started to doubt that this approach would work and started up an armed branch of the ANC. He planned to bomb certain buildings, but only the buildings. He wanted to make sure than no one would be hurt. He was classified as a terrorist by the South African government and sent to prison.
Mandela would spend the next 27 years in prison. His prison sentence brought international visibility to the anti-apartheid movement. He was finally released through international pressure in 1990.
Once released from prison, Nelson continued his campaign to end apartheid. His hard work and life long effort paid off when all races were allowed to vote in the 1994 election. Nelson Mandela won the election and became president of South Africa. There were several times during the process where violence threatened to break out. Nelson was a strong force in keeping the calm and preventing a major civil war.”
Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. I’ve been inspired by your courage for years now. I have always fought for what you believed. To believe in what’s right. You will be missed. You’ve made a great change in the world.
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
"It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership." Your courage changed a nation, molded a continent, and awoke the world. R.I.P Madiba #mandela #foreverinourhearts
Marc Kielburger remembers incredible leader Nelson Mandela fondly, sharing memories of their time together, and their shared passion for education.
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, 1994
I’m not often captivated by biographical writing, but when I got this copy of Mandela’s autobiography some years back I couldn’t put it down. The 600+ pages flew by as I fell under the spell of a man with boundless humor, self-deprecation, and persistence. At times the ease, and even pleasure, of reading through those many years in prison becomes sickening. Mandela’s memory is so forgiving that he almost allows readers to forget that those who imprisoned him were brutal oppressors.
On the day of his death, we remember Mandela fondly by reading and taking stock of the injustices that the living must oppose. This passage in particular, an exchange Mandela had with a visiting British MP while still in prison, has stayed with me through the years. As a Westerner, it reminds me of my own historical and political blind-spots and, when I first read it, opened up new ways of understanding the pragmatics of injustice from the perspective of the oppressed.
In my visit with Professor Dash, which quickly followed that of Lord Bethell, I laid out what I saw as the minimum for a future nonracial South Africa: a unitary state without homelands; nonracial elections for the central Parliament; and one-person-one-vote. Professor Dash asked me whether I took any encouragement from the government’s stated intention of repealing the mixed-marriage laws and certain other apartheid statutes. “This is a pinprick,” I said. “It is not my ambition to marry a white woman or swim in a white pool. It is political equality that we want.”
- Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)