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..”During my lifetime, I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to DIE

April 1964, statement from Nelson Mandela at the dock at the opening of his defense case in the Rivonia trial..

..“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”..Nelson Mandela

..“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership..”
e..Nelson Mandela(THIS is my fave Mandela quote

..“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

..“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will...”Nelson Mandela

I’ve admired Nelson Mandela all of my 50 years of life..Long before he was set free from prison bars; his existence had impacted mine..Many moons later his existence has impacted millions more..So today we mourn the loss of one of the GREAT people we’ve been privileged to have shared days on Earth with. He was tired..His job on Earth was finally done & he was called home. IF any of us can touch even an iota of folks in a positive manner as Mandela did; oh the progression we could accomplish! Can’t we? Shall we? Lets! I found this video clip and couldn’t help but to share it with y’all..This is my humble carbon tribute to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela..He is truly free at last! Thank you for inspiring us all to never give UP hope & to press on forward in good works for others..1st Black President of South Africa! Nobel Peace Prize Winner. Time’s Person of the Year. Arthur Ashe Courage Award. United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights. WEB Dubois International Medal. Presidential Medal of Freedom. Harvard Business School Statesman of the Year Award. Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award. Ghandi Peace Prize..R.I.P. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela(July 18, 1918- December 5, 2013) Thank you for gifting us with your God-given gifts and Unselfish humanitarian acts!