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Nelson Mandela (1918-2013): A Final Tribute

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Nelson Mandela was born in a small village in and around very humble conditions. He would go on to school and then law school. He would practice law in the country of South Africa. He was still considered a second class citizen because he was a black man.

Nelson Mandela born in 1918 and lived in a time of colonialism and then when the British would leave he would live in a segregated/ apartheid society. Meaning if you are black you don't matter in the eyes of the law. Mandela being an educated man could see how all this was wrong and he went about trying to fix it. He would become part of the African National Congress and try to change his world. Doing it as a peaceful movement brought about no changes and when violence was used all it got done was that the leaders of the ANC were arrested and sentenced to prison.

He would spend a total of 27 years of his life behind bars. He would endure racism and violence at it's worst. He would have to learn to turn the other cheek and forgive his captors. This is something that most people could not have accomplished.

He would be released from prison in 1990 after talking with then President F.W. de Klerk. Changes were a coming and in the end Mandela would be sworn in as the first black person to be president of South Africa. He would only stay in as President for 5 years. He would receive a Nobel Peace prize along with de Klerk.

He died two weeks ago and for the last ten days there has been memorials and prayers for the man that reshaped his country. The services have brought out many peculiar events. Like the sign reader who is nuttier than a fruitcake. President Obama shaking hands with Raul Castro from Cuba. Most of the world coming together for services held in South Africa. These are things that don't happen every day. So even in death Mandela is still bringing us all together. The man never stops. Shame is it will probably be along time before we have another one like him.

Come Christmas day there is a movie 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' coming out that is, I have to say, one of the best of the year 2013. What's funny is if Mandela was a press agent, passing away a month before a movie on your life is coming out, what a coup. You have to see this movie if just to say goodbye to the man. It is very well done and the acting is terrific.

Mandela is a man that we should thank God for every day for bringing him to us. Nelson Mandela was not only a father figure for South Africa but he was a friend to the world and he will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace


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