I have no idea if the man eulogized by Dr Maya Angelou last month as South Africa's "David...Man of strength Gideon", was actually in the press box that hot, sunny day at Ellis Park. But I believe he was. I could feel it in the pride his perceived presence stirred to a melodious roar.
The world said goodbye to a legendary figure on December 5th. Nelson Mandela was an icon not only for his anti-apartheid work but also for his inherently forgiving and gentle nature, especially toward...
Talk to white South Africans, and many will recall how they feared the prospect of Nelson Mandela's presidency. They weren't certain how a man could resist the temptation of vengeance, particularly wh...
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Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s biggest champion and first black president, recently passed away at the age of 95 on December 5 after a lifetime of activism for his country, and the world at large. Eve...
The world's dignitaries were joined by thousands of South Africans Tuesday to pay tribute to their country's greatest leader, Nelson Mandela. Attendees fought heavy rains to mourn Mandela's passing a...
(Relaxnews) - To better understand the scope of Nelson Mandela’s legacy in South Africa, the country’s tourism office has released a list of attractions that traces his life as a political prisoner, h...
This week, Former South African president Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. Unlike so many bloggers and journalists, I didn't have a formative experience where Mandela changed the course of my life. He was mostly a far-off figure to me at a time when I was too young to fully appreciate the strength and dignity he maintained while making previously unthinkable strides for human rights. But I do remember this: being an undergrad reading about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and thinking, how could a man who had suffered so much injustice, and seen so much suffering, focus so squarely on forgiveness?
If ever proof were needed that one person can change the world, Nelson Mandela was that proof. His unwavering commitment to peace, tolerance, justice, and equality embodied those very concepts. Mandela inspired a movement, transformed a country, and reshaped our understanding of what the world could be. With the leadership of his External Affairs Minister Joe Clark and the influence of Canada's UN Ambassador Stephen Lewis, Prime Minister Mulroney diverged from his Conservative cousins in the U.K. and U.S. and stood strong against apartheid -- heeding the call of Mandela. Canada's stance in those days continues to be a source of pride for all of us.
Whatever the future holds, we believe Mandela's legacy must not simply be relegated to museum displays. The father of South African peace and reconciliation has shown all of us the path to a better world -- it is our duty now to follow it.