I shall listen to this speech for years to come! I’m sure many will..Electric in every way!!!
..”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!
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Not sure about ya’ll ; but my spirit has tired of hearing ONLY bad news. Why come good news doesn’t cover the front pages of newspapers? In light of all the awful, shocking! news..don’t we need to read/see news that warms our hearts from time 2 time? How about more often than not? Doesn’t sell papers nor fuel reality shows though..So this spot will be reserved for the many ‘fist bump moments’ ..they don’t get half the attention(our attention..) that they deserve>
**I woke UP this morning with several ‘fist bump’ topics on my mind..Trying to figure out which was the best to properly get this category opened..I had no intention of making it personal..And then epiphany! Why the heck not? It is after all my style to make things; personal. In a world filled with images & beliefs! that collecting material objects & wealth matters more than things that warm the heart..I refuse! to live that type of life. And so with that said I recently got FABULOUS news..It couldn’t be more personal. Hang onto your hats & wigs here I go>
~~It is official! My eldest son will receive his Doctorate, yep PHD(on a FULL academic fellowship), May 2, 2014..Not quite sure if even my penned words can fully capture the thoughts in my head & certainly my heart. But I’m going to try with all my might to break this down..This is the way I see IT>
What a journey, an awesome ride its been..From inside the womb YOU changed my life. Instantly. And since then? Your positive words/your presence/your essence/your helping hand to the generation behind you/Your scholastic outreach to people of color/Your research in higher education/Your LOVE..has touched, changed, helped!, others and now? You’ll change the world progressively>
For all the times you were told what you couldn’t DO/For all the financial sacrifice over the years!/For all the times you watched friends marry & have children/For all the times you wondered the many IFs you stopped at your Masters/For all the times you had NO family to talk to for guidance who already had their PHD/For all the times you just wanted to be doing other things besides studying/For all the times you traveled to places for research ..D.C., Cali, Ireland, South Africa, Chile, etc..and longed to be HOME/For all the times you missed your family yet couldn’t afford to get over-emotional about it/For all the times you faced the bitter cold in Michigan winters..YOU SURVIVED, you did IT..and your Momma couldn’t be any more prouder of you than I am and will always BE. I knew , always knew, you would do it..>
Forever humble & always keeping it REAL you’ve managed to do it all..Total well-rounded person..When next I see you I’ve got the worlds biggest hug, tons of kisses on your cheeks, heck of a lot of big kool-aid smiles, plenty of uncontrollable tears of joy and a FIST BUMP reserved just for son & Momma. GO Christopher & GO BLUE(I’m bringing my gold/blue pompoms!)
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