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Nelson Mandela Mourned and Alive in You

Updated on December 5, 2013

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first...

Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Night...............What have you done with your life? (Talib Kweli)

Mandela's real name: Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela which means "pulling the branch of the tree," but colloquially it means "troublemaker."


20 year battle to terminate apartheid in South Africa

Nobel Prize

Top civilian honors from more than a dozen countries

Mandela has an internationally recognized day of honor. July 18, "Mandela Day" celebrates freedom

Mandela received more than 60 honorary degrees from universities around the world

In 1963, Mandela along with fellow leaders of the ANC and the Umkhonto were brought to trial. Mandela along with fellow leaders were charged with plotting to overthrow the government by violence. On June 12, 1964, eight along with Mandela were sentenced to life imprisonment. He remained imprisoned from 1964 to 1982 at Robbin Island Prison, off Cape Town and later at Pollsmoor Prison.

The world watched while one man stood for what he believed. The world watched while this man stood with others to take a stand against injustice and practices that harmed a nation.

American Professional Football Player / Politician, Jack Kemp said, “The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing, for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society”.

One life can make a difference, and that life is yours!

While the world mourns the loss of a leader that touched the world and gave a blow to injustice. While his children mourn the death of their father and commit to furthering his mission; the world mourns a remarkable person that sacrificed his life to pursue a righteous cause. Mandela's grand-children will inherit the need to respect and honor his legacy.

SkyNews reported the following thoughts on the death of Mandela from many leaders and political figures:

Former prime minister Tony Blair described him as the world's "most powerful symbol of reconciliation, hope and progress".

Former US President Bill Clinton called Mr Mandela a "true friend".

He said: "History will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion for human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation."

US Secretary of State John Kerry said: "Now that his long walk has ended, the example he set for all humanity lives on. He will be remembered as a pioneer for peace."

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband said: "Above all, he showed us the power of people, in the cause of justice, to overcome the mightiest obstacles. He moved the world and the world will miss him deeply."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "The hope he offered was enough to unite races; it bridged cultures and transcended generations; and it could heal the deepest divides."

For you this is a call to action. Stand for something, make an impact, and challenge yourself to do more than pleasing yourself.

The creator gave every person a gift. Touch the world by touching one person at a time. Live your gift and don't let your life pass you by without sharing your gift, passion, triumph, or passion with the world. No excuses for remaining silent, saying nothing when injustice happens, or leaving the fights for freedom to someone else.


The Power of One Man by Ogwo David Emenike

The biggest enemy most of us are facing is the nagging voice in us asking: “Who am I, anyway, to think that I could make a difference?”

How many did it take to confront Pharaoh and lead the Exodus? One man – Moses

How many did it take to rescue the man on the Jericho road? One Good Samaritan

How many did it take to challenge and kill Goliath? – One young man – David

How many did it take to invent the light bulb? Just one man – Thomas Edison

How many did it take to invent the telephone? Only one – One man – Graham Bell

How many did it take to stop the killing of twins in Nigeria? – One woman – Mary Slessor

What would have been the state of the nursing profession if not for one woman – Florence Nightingale?

How many did it take to lead the first major nonviolent protest of Civil Right Movement? One man – Martin Luther King Jr.

Who inspired his actions? – Another man – Mahatma Gandhi

How many were so willing to sacrifice their life to stop the apartheid policy? One charismatic, loving and forgiving man – Nelson Mandela

R.I.P. Mandela. Thank you for your voice. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for carrying the love of a people in your heart and standing with others to make a difference.

You don't need to be a perfect person, just a person driven by the passion of your heart for what's good, right, and just. Let this be an igniting fire in your soul. Let you remember the greatest triumphs came from the dedication, passion, and desires generated from the power of one. Be the one! You make a difference in this world.

Start with your passion and take one small step. Let Mandela's spirit and the call of the creator work in you.


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