Yesterday, we learned of the passing of Nelson Mandela. There are few people in the history of our world who have had greater impact on the quest for equality and justice for disenfranchised and oppressed people worldwide than the former resident of both the infamous prison on Robben Island and the presidential mansion in Pretoria. His strength of character, compassion and nobility served as a model for all who seek to create a world where everyone can be afforded the dignity and freedom that is our birthright. His mission to bring about the end of apartheid was notable for many reasons but none more important than his leadership and resolve in shepherding South Africa through its peaceful transition of government and promoting a path of reconciliation for the decades of atrocities that Black South African endured. While our hearts are saddened to bid him farewell, we can all be ever so thankful that we were fortunate to have witnessed his life and to relish the gifts he left us.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela