Many people of our generation have no clue who Nelson Mandela is. They may have known that he was the South African leader, but most millennials born between 1980 and beyond have no clue who or what this man actually stand for. However, this man was one of the greatest civil rights leaders of our time and a martyr for the cause.
Nelson Mandela served twenty seven years in prison for speaking out against the Apartheid system in South Africa, the equivalent to Jim Crow era America, complete with black codes and the hatred of the black race. He was released after much rallying of the people. He spoke out against the injustice and in 1994 became South Africa’s first black president, where he served until 1999, mainly focusing on dismantling Apartheid. Internationally, he was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998-1999. This is just the basic history of this great man. He was also a loving and devoted father and husband. This is just the tipping point of this beautiful man, one we can never know too much about.
It saddens me to write that Mr. Mandela died on Thursday December 5th. He was 95 years old. He lived a full life with many accomplishments and left a legacy that many of us should look up to in this world.
Mandela once said,” When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” (Interview for Mandela, 1994). I believe he is doing just that. Rest Easy, Mr. Mandela.