Nelson Mandela, Honoring a Human Rights Legacy

President Nelson Mandela, Champion of Human Rights On December 5, 2013 throngs of people around the world mourned the passing of Nelson Mandela, his inspiring words of freedom and equality still ringing in the air.

“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.”

This event leads our thoughts to the day the world saw Nelson Mandela’s release after 28 years of incarceration for opposition to the government of South Africa, illustrated in a firsthand account from his autobiography: “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

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