A Great Leader – Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela passed away today. I had the opportunity to visit South Africa in August and while there, learned much more about his accomplishments than I had known before. It’s amazing to think he was confined to a small jail cell on Robben Island for 27 years.
As I toured around South Africa after learning more about Apartheid and visiting the District Six Museum, I was amazed how little animosity blacks felt against whites. Think about it…..blacks were forced to move from the neighborhoods where they lived, forced to leave their homes, and set up tenements where they would live their lives, raise their families and do business. The lack of animosity was truly due to Mandela’s leadership and how he reacted to his own challenges.
There will be plenty of Mandela tributes in the coming days. There will be lots of people praising him and his dedication to his country. But if you really want to get a feel for the man and the impact he had, watch the movie “Invictus.”
This was not a man who was a race baiter or made a business from promoting one race over another. This was not an Al Sharpton or a Jessie Jackson, who made a living from racial politics. This was a man who abhorred racial politics. This was a man who truly believed all humans are created equal.
“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.” Nelson Mandela
God Bless Nelson Mandela
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON!!
- Nelson Mandela Resources (simonhaughton.co.uk)
- Nelson Mandela | A remembrance (framework.latimes.com)