Sunday, July 03, 2011

At 93, Mandela Still Inspires

As he turns 93, Nelson Mandela can look back on an extraordinary life of accomplishment, as the world’s iconic leader on behalf of racial justice and individual liberty. A new book of quotations compiles some of what he has learned and what he has taught, Danny Schechter reports from Johannesburg, South Africa.

By Danny Schechter, Consortium News, July 1, 2011

Nelson Mandela, icon-hero of the world, turns 93 on July 18. He survives in the face of family tragedies, such as one in June that claimed a great-grandchild who was born premature and died after just four days,

The man, known by his clan name Madiba, still evokes wonder and admiration and almost god-like reverence, with airport stores selling “We Love Mandela” posters and T-shirts. He is the one South African that most of South Africans take pride in, including the older generation that first knew him as an apartheid-government-designated terrorist.

So feared was he that his picture could not be shown in the media and his words could not be quoted for 27 years.

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