Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to equality, peace, and human rights, he has inspired many people to fight for a better world.

1990 South Africa
People the world over have been in some way touched by Nelson Mandela’s courage and determination and his ability to forgive. He truly believed that we can have a just and fair society. We can best honour his dream by working towards a fair world for everyone, a world where no one dies of hunger and deprivation, were no one is oppressed and where everyone is equal.

Nelson Mandela once Said:
‘Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.’

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As a tribute to Nelson Mandela I would like to honour his memory by sharing his words:

The first quotation is so appropriate for the situation today that faces us all world-wide:
Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.

Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.
Nelson Mandela talking about death, in an interview for the Academy award-nominated 1996 documentary Mandela

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

“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.”
Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela.

“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.”

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”

“No one in my family had ever attended school […] On the first day of school my teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave each of us an English name. This was the custom among Africans in those days and was undoubtedly due to the British bias of our education. That day, Miss Mdingane told me that my new name was Nelson. Why this particular name I have no idea.”
Mandela, 1994.
Nelson Mandela is deeply respected within South Africa, as of course he is the world over, in South Africa he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”); he is often described as “the father of the nation”.

If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”.

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities”.

After Madiba retired from politics he said, “There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.”

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

On his opposition to apartheid:
“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 live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” –
 Statement at the opening of his defence in the Rivonia treason trial, April 20, 1964.

Read more quotes:

Listen to his inauguration speech, delivered on May 10, 1994, available  in its entirety by clicking the link below.
Timeless Wisdom from the Late Nelson Mandela

Action you can take

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Be part of the generation that ends extreme poverty.
GO TO ONE.ORG Act now and join the fight against extreme poverty by clicking the link below

Leave Your thoughts about Nelson Mandela Here:
“Nelson Mandela leaves a legacy of equality, democracy and education. It is incredibly important that all of us take his passing not as an end of an age, but as a renewed determination to carry on his work every day. Care2 member Sharon Gelman has created a page on Care2 as a place for us all to come together and share our memories, thoughts, and hopes.”

Send a message of condolence Scroll down to send a message of condolence which will be handed to Nelson Mandela’s family

Click the link below to sign a pledge

“To world leaders, the United Nations and fellow citizens:
We have lost a great inspiration, but Mandela’s message of hope and public service lives within all of us. The United Nations has already declared Mandela’s birthday to be an international day of public service. We pledge to honour his legacy, and call on you to make Mandela Day the first ever universally-observed global public day, where citizens in every country are encouraged to come together in shared commitment and service.”

And to write a message of gratitude, it will be added to the
wall outside Nelson Mandela’s house

Related Links

Sharon Gelman’s a blog post about her memories of Nelson Mandela.


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