Nelson Mandela: A Celebration of An Iconic Life

By on December 6, 2013

Plain and simple; Nelson Mandela was an icon! The late Mandela passed away at his home in South Africa on December 5th at the age of 95. The news was announced by South African President Jacob Zuma and spread quickly around the world.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has impacted the world beyond words. Condolence messages flowed from world leaders following the announcement of his death. President Barack Obama said "Today he's gone home, and we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth." Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Mandela's passing "will create a huge vacuum that will be difficult to fill in our continent." David Cameron, UK Prime Minister shared that "a great light has gone out in the world."

In Washington DC, flowers and candles were placed next to the statue of Mandela outside the South African Embassy. While the famous Apollos Theatre in Harlem, New York updated the letters of its billboard to read "in memory of Nelson Mandela…he changed our world". Nelson Mandela visited the Apollo in 1990.

Mandela also inspired Oprah Winfrey to build a school for girls in South Africa. Though she hasn't made an official statement, a picture of the media mogul with Mandela graces the front page of her website with the caption "Oprah Remembers Nelson Mandela".

A movie honoring the life of Mandela was released this fall. Click here to read our article about it.

In the words of the late great Mandela "no one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes naturally to the human heart than its opposite." Rest in peace Madiba! You will truly be missed.

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