A Man of Strength and Conviction…Gone

“And we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth.  He no longer belongs to us — he belongs to the ages.”-President Obama on the Passing of Nelson Mandela, 12-5-13

“He was a man of courage, principle and unquestionable integrity, a great human being, someone of whom we can truly say, ‘He lived a meaningful life.’-The Dalai Lama

Nelson Mandela can now rest in peace. He was so ill and frail for quite a while and it was so sad to see him propped up for news photographers. His deeds, ideas, spirit and goodwill and humanity will live on forever. I taught my students about Mr. Mandela and as soon as he was released from prison, my students were on stage talking and singing about him and the meaning of Freedom; so I hope those particular students remembered that important moment in their lives yesterday when they heard about Mandela’s passing. I can only hope. Let us revisit Mandela’s favorite poem, “Invictus” by the British poet, William Ernest Henley:





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