Mandela: An icon has passed away but his legacy lives on forever

Black History, Editorials

"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 loves comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."  Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

“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 loves comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

The whole world is in mourning after the news that South African revolutionist Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died Dec. 5 at age 95 in his home.

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Former South American President, anit-apartheid leader and human rights advocate Nelson Mandela died Dec. 5 at age 95.

Over the last few days we have heard lots about the life and achievements of a man who spent 27 years in prison due to his opposition of apartheid then went on to become the first black president of South Africa.  He won his political seat in a democratic election, a system he believed in and fought hard to make a practice of in his country.

Mandela’s life is a story of freedom and forgiveness.  In a era filled with a plethora of racial hatred, he endured much abuse.  Yet his determination never favored.  The real inspiration, however, was ,despite it all, he advocated not to lash out at his enemies, but to use love as a means to overcome life evils.  Mandela believed in the inner strength of a person saying “when people are determined, they can overcome anything” and to look to our own selves to create change.

This icon’s life is not only a legacy, but a moral compass and a blueprint for true leadership.

What is a true leader?

A true leader is someone full of beliefs- a believer of themselves, others and the greater good.
A true leader is sacrificial.  They are not above the cause, but an insert into the cause.  
The cause is not a task but a life mission.
A true leader appreciates the advantageous differences in persons, because it brings about different ideas and plans.
A true leader values the human emotion of fear, and see’s it not as an hinderance but another obstacle to overcome.
A true leader walks in confidence with strides of wisdom… whether that’s in front of or behind the crowd.  
A true leader is Nelson Mandela.  

Rest in Peace Mr. Nelson Mandela. Your legacy and spirit is with us forever.

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