Friday, December 6, 2013

Icon of Peace and Forgiveness, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela passes on at age 95.

A memorial blanket created to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Mandela's stature as a fighter against white racist rule and seeker of peace with his enemies was on a par with that of other men he revered: American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi.

After a long illness, Nelson Mandela has died.

South Africa's Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died on Thursday, Dec. 5, at age 95 after a long illness.

The beloved icon will lie in state in South African government buildings in Pretoria from Dec. 11th until his funeral and burial on Dec. 15th. Word of Nelson Mandela's death spread quickly across the United States and the globe, bringing with it a mix of reverence and grief for a man who was born in South Africa but in the end belonged to the entire world. He was a portrait of peace, tolerance and courage. Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness. Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy is a moral template for all mankind.

South Africa's first black president spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, yet he sought to win over its defeated guardians in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the world.

President Obama pays homage to Mandela.

President Barack Obama ordered American flags to be lowered immediately to half-staff until Monday in tribute to Mandela, a rare honor for a foreign leader.

President Obama also recounted to the nation how he drew inspiration from Mandela during his first public speech.

"My very first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was a protest against apartheid. I studied his words and his writings," he said in a televised address shortly after Mandela's death was announced.

"And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him."

"He no longer belongs to us," Obama said. "He belongs to the ages."

Nelson Mandela's legacy lives on in the youth of the world.

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