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Mandela on My Mind

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Last Friday, July 18, was Nelson Mandela Day, a day to recognize and remember his legacy to the cause of social justice – including the fight against extreme poverty. Mandela has inspired countless people with his ideas and actions.

The moment of personal inspiration came when I read a friend’s blog post several years ago in which he described a visit to Mandela’s prison cell, where he spent more than 20 years – a small cramped space that couldn’t constrain his larger vision. In Long Walk to Freedom, an autobiography he began writing in prison, Mandela said, “It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”  I found these words compelling, as they challenge each of us to examine our own life and direction.

In a very visceral way, Mandela understood the concept of inequality. He established the “Train of Hope,” which made its first journey to deliver health care to underserved rural populations in 1994, the same year that he was elected as South Africa’s president. He also believed in the promise of education. In 2001, at the opening ceremony of a secondary school, he stated, “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of a mine…

Mandela is for my generation what Gandhi was for my parents: A legend in his own time.

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Submitted by Yusuf on

Really inspiring piece. Captured the soul of the great man. And indeed a Gandhi of our generation. Congrats and thank you to the author for such an inspiring blog.

Submitted by Tony on

This was a wonderful write-up and certain in line with the what I would expect to read regarding such a great man. I am honored to be able to share his legacy and his message in my own unique way, and am constantly reminded of his vision of unity and hope for future generations!

Submitted by Lilly Nielsen on

My name is Lilly Nielsen. I am in the 8th grade in SC at Moultrie Middle School. I am conducting a project for Nat'l History Day for Nelson Mandela's Stand for Equality. On elf the requirements for this project is an interview with someone that has an understanding on the topic. Would you be willing to answer 5 questions for my school project? The due date is Jan. 8th. You have my email. Thanks in advance.
Lilly Nielsen, 8th grade, Student

Submitted by prof premraj pushpakaran on

prof premraj pushpakaran writes -- 2018 marks the 100th birth year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela!!!

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