Nelson Mandela passed away last December 5 and left an enduring legacy. Not only will he be remembered in South Africa, where he changed people’s lives forever, but also in the rest of the world.
As he once said, he was born to rule. And he did so with amazing commitment and courage. Not even the years in prison could undermine his strength. His quiet and respectful appearance combined well with his determination and the strength to make the world a better place to live for all the people who were suffereing from Appartheid, for instance. In fact, his first major accomplishment, along with de Klerk, was to dismantle the country’s apartheid system forever.
In 1994, he became South Africa’s first black president and gained admiration worldwide with his constant struggle to guarantee children’s well-being and future, and campaigning against AIDS. He has inspired artists who have celebrated the man whose ideals were made real.
If you are seeking some inspiration you can visit this website which features a collection of quotes by Mandela. Quotes from Mandela
One of these quotes is “Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake“. I wish his legacy were more visible among world leaders and politicians nowadays where, at times, courage, passion and commitment is missing.
To celebrate Nelson Mandela and his legacy I have decided to post a song by Simple Minds Mandela Day
Listen and answer the questions:
What event of Mandela’s life is it recalling?
How many years did he spend in prison?