Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918- December 5, 2013)
A smile brighter than the light in any room or the sun on any day. A life well lived. An example to any & all. #Madiba -Chelsea Clinton
On Thursday, an inspiring and beautiful human being by the name of Nelson Mandela took his last breath and his long journey ended here on earth, at the age of 95 years old. However, we should celebrate his life and not mourn his death! For his spirit exuded humility, forgiveness and tenacity in the face of triumph and struggle.
Thank you Madiba, for fighting for justice and freedom for others. You lived a long and full life. I love you and admire your light from God, you completed your purpose here and inspired not only me, but a generation of leaders!
They may have imprisoned his body, but they did not imprison his soul. His heart was always there for the cause, for the purpose of FREEDOM. He fought for racial equality for South Africans and became a hero for his people. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation.
My favorite words was from his speech when he was arrested, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial in 1962:
South Africans protesting for the release and freedom of Mandela from prison in 1960’s.
During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
After 27 years in prison in South Africa, Mandela fought for freedom, equality and justice for all. He went to prison a revolutionary and came out starting a Revolution of Social Change. He became South Africa’s first Black President and first elected in a fully representative democratic election in 1994.
He started a Long Walk to Freedom…..
….And created a journey for all of us to continue, to hold onto our humanity at all costs!
Nelson Mandela’s favorite poem was Invictus by William Ernest Henley and it conveyed overcoming adversity by holding onto one’s humanity, to one’s very soul:
Madiba, we love you and we will continue the fight for peace, love, and forgiveness!!
Please go see the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. This film is based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.
I am reminded of Mandela’s words:
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
True Liberation for ourselves as human beings means to have True forgiveness with no level of bitterness but love. Mandela represented that to me. I love you and your humanity Madiba! On this Sunday of rest, I honor your Long Walk to Freedom and your journey home. May your soul rest in heaven and may we continue to press forward for humanity with humility and love.