Nelson Mandela, one of my heros, has died.
On behalf of #TeamVoxPopuli I’d like to offer or deepest sympathy to his family, friends, South Africa and all peace loving people around the world.
I happened to be in Johannesburg 2 days after Mandela’s inauguration as the President of South Africa. The country was filled with such hope and grace after unimaginable darkness.
I visited Robben Island, read his autobiography and marveled at his extraordinary and inspired leadership over the past 20 years.
I remember driving to the set of Goonies, when I was twelve and singing in the car with my guardian Joe, Artists United Against Apartheid – Sun City, “Nah nah nah na na na, ain’t gonna play sun city…” In the mid 90′s I got to visit Sun City in a post Apartheid Nation. It struck me that protest works. That in one moment there can be no certainty of progress and in a few moments hence, change. Simply, incredible.
Through all of this and so many other moments, trips, study etc… I came to love Nelson Mandela as a Warrior for Peace. He was a Champion for everyone living without Freedom.
The man’s strength and dignity are enlightened. His imperfect life is a template for growth, maturity and success in every aspect of human life.
Thank you President Mandela. Your example of Citizenship, your practice of Civility and your legacy of Courageous Leadership will never be forgotten. I pray that you rest in peace and that generations to come use your life’s work to make the world a better place.
A grateful citizen of the world,