I’d already written something else to post today, but the more I thought about it the more I realized that I couldn’t let the death of Nelson Mandela pass unmentioned. As a college student, I studied South Africa extensively. If there was a class offered about South Africa I was always in it. I read numerous books about Apartheid and the struggle against it. I also read numerous books about Nelson Mandela.
In 1993, I signed up to spend a semester studying in Cape Town, but the program was cancelled after the assassination of Chris Hani. We ended up studying in Zimbabwe instead, but I was still constantly following what was happening in South Africa.
Mandela was one of my heroes. He is a prime example that the work of one person can make a profound difference in the world. He will be missed.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ~ Nelson Mandela
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