The world lost one of it’s greatest heroes yesterday, when Nelson Mandela took his last breath. We Thank God for the unforgettable and unselfish deeds he accomplished. He saved a nation from apartheid, gave freedom to many, by sacrificing his own and gave inspiration and hope to millions. He will never be forgotten. He is now at peace.
According to MSN:
Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.
“He is now resting,” said South African President Jacob Zuma. “He is now at peace.”
“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” he continued. “Our people have lost a father.”
A state funeral will be held, and Zuma called for mourners to conduct themselves with “the dignity and respect” that Mandela personified.
“Wherever we are in the country, wherever we are in the world … let us reaffirm his vision of a society in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another,” he said as tributes began pouring in from across the world.
At the time of Nelson Mandela’s death, many South Africans hadn’t heard the news yet – but soon, hundreds had traveled to Nelson Mandela’s home, chanting and singing the national anthem. The young people who gathered there aimed to celebrate Mandela’s life, rather than dwelling in sorrow. NBC’s Rohit Kachroo reports from suburban Johannesburg.
President Obama said his first political action was an anti-apartheid protest inspired by Mandela, who “achieved more than could be expected of any man.”
“I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example Nelson Mandela set,” he said.
Obama called Zuma on Thursday evening to express his heartfelt condolences, according to the White House.
Though he was in power for only five years, Mandela was a figure of enormous moral influence the world over – a symbol of revolution, resistance and triumph over racial segregation.
He inspired a generation of activists, left celebrities and world leaders star-struck, won the Nobel Peace Prize and raised millions for humanitarian causes.
In his jailhouse memoirs, Mandela wrote that even after spending so many years in a Spartan cell on Robben Island – with one visitor a year and one letter every six months – he still had faith in human nature.
Mourners pay tribute to South Africa’s revered anti-apartheid icon, who died on Dec. 5, 2013.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion,” he wrote in “Long Walk to Freedom.”
“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.”