I can’t tell you how much I admire this man. He has inspired the world and even-though we all have an appointed day, his lost is painful. I shed a tear that I may not see another man like him.
Nelson Mandela, the first president of a democratic South Africa and a respected leader of the anti-apartheid movement, died at 95 after several months of health issues. Mandela joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1943 and was sentenced to life in prison in 1964, after eight months of trial with seven others. Before the trial, Mandela made his iconic, impassioned speech — “An ideal for which I am prepared to die” — from the dock. Below is an excerpt of his speech.
“South Africa is the richest country in Africa, and could be one of the richest countries in the world. But it is a land of extremes and remarkable contrasts. The whites enjoy what may well be the highest standard of living in the world, whilst Africans live in poverty and misery. Forty percent of the Africans live in hopelessly overcrowded and, in some cases, drought-stricken Reserves, where soil erosion and the overworking of the soil makes it impossible for them to live properly off the land.”
Can we not relate this to share-cropping in the south during Jim Crow era?
“The complaint of Africans, however, is not only that they are poor and the whites are rich, but that the laws which are made by the whites are designed to preserve this situation.”
Mandela died of a lung infection on 5 December 2013 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg surrounded by his family. He was 95 years of age.] His death was announced by President Jacob Zuma.[
On 6 December Zuma announced a national mourning period of ten days, with the main event being an official memorial service to be held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 10 December 2013. Mandela’s body will lie in state from 11 to 13 December at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and a state funeral will be held on 15 December 2013 in Qunu.