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Thursday, December 5, 2013

FFT 12/5: Civil Rights Icon, Leader -- Nelson Mandela dead at 95

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By Head Writer - Monica RW
IU News & Talk

Food for Thought -December 5, 2013:

As a person loving knowledge gained by knowing one's history, many civil rights leaders have came, and then found rest in the Kingdom of Heaven. One of those leaders I most admired, is Nelson Mandela.

Former South Africa President Mandela has died December 5, after combating a long-illness. Mandela was special because unlike the late, great Martin Luther King or Malcolm X-- he lived, when and as I lived.

Less than one year from high school, a reflection of February 11, 1990, is a clear as the inside of a diamond found within the Motherland of Africa.
Photo Credit- The Guardian
Former South African President and Civil Rights Icon Nelson Mandela (L)
and former spouse Winnie Mandela (R) celebrate the leaders' release
from a South African prison.
As Mandela along with his former spouse Winnie, walked the streets of Cape Town, South Africa with fist raised high in the air, symbolizing victory from years of unjust oppression based on outward color of Africa's native sons and daughters, skin.

Mandela was Leadership personified. Willing to place his life, liberty and freedom on the line, to free his people.  

Rather than writing a long article denoting the many accomplishments after Mandela's release from prison, a proper reflection of The Leader words is the most fitting tribute.

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say.

Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.

There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death,” Nelson Mandela.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Mandela.

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