December 12, 2013
Nelson Mandela, the former South African President’s remarkable struggle to derail apartheid was a true inspiration to people from all corners of the world. He was a man who had a moral compass that enabled him to do what was right for others. His twenty seven years of incarceration as a political prisoner was instrumental in informing the world of the evil of apartheid.
Mandela’s uncanny political savvy was reflected in his book Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, where he wrote, “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” Mandela had great hope for ability of people to also do the right thing for the betterment of others, he wrote the following while in prison: “There is a streak of goodness in men that can be buried or hidden and then engage unexpectedly.”
Mandela’s epic fight against injustice freed an entire nation despite numerous seemingly unconquerable obstacles and remarkable sacrifices. As we ponder the many achievements of this historical figure whose influence is legendary, his remark in an interview prior to the release of his book captures the essence of Mandela “When a man has done what he considers his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” Please join me in celebrating Nelson Mandela’s life and mourning his death.
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