Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

NELSON MANDELA passed away today at the age of 95. Mandela was a leading South African revolutionary who fought for democracy and equal justice. Born in 1918, educated as a lawyer, he became prominent in the campaign to overturn Apartheid in 1948. In 1962 he was arrested for seeking to overthrow the segregationist government.

After serving 27 years in prison, he was released in 1990 after an increasingly intense international effort seeking his freedom. With the dismantling of Apartheid, Nelson Mandela was elected the first Black President  of the Republic of South Africa serving from 1994 to 1999.

Seeking inter-racial harmony, Mandela oversaw the institution of a Truth & Reconciliation Commission which brought to exposure past human rights abuses without demanding retribution.

Acclaimed as “Tata” (Father) of the nation, Mandela serves to remind us that the True Revolutionaries are those can move us towards Forgiveness as well as Justice.

The film, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” starring Idris Elba as Mandela, was released last week. Unfortunately, Nelson Mandela had yet to see the film.

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