Nelson Mandela | The inspiration of ages
I love Mandela – the saint who isn’t, the hero who never asked to be, the leader who loved his people more than the power. He is a role model precisely because he is imperfect. Because he failed and he learned from his mistakes. He has a cause and he believes in it with every fiber of his being.
NPR recently commemorated The Day Nelson Mandela Walked Out of Prison in a beautiful story and slideshow.
Today is UN-official Nelson Mandela International Day to honor the former president’s commitment to peace and reconciliation, honoring his 67-year fight.
While the man himself clings to life in a South African hospital, I hope this becomes more than a media spectacle; I hope people pause to remember that this day is about more than ‘Mandela’s Legacy’ and rather about honoring all he worked to achieve.
- Mandela: The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson
- Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
- Great Speeches of the 20th Century edited by Bob Blaisdell