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Barack Pays Tribute To “Madiba.”


 

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President Obama Speaks on the Death of Nelson Mandela

 

Published on Dec 5, 2013

President Obama says that Nelson Mandela’s journey from a prisoner to President embodied the promise that human beings, and countries, can change for the better, and asks that we pause and give thanks for the fact that Mandela lived — a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice. December 5, 2013.

 

 

 

President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

 

The President watching coverage of the passing of Nelson "Madiba" Mandela, Former South African President

The President watching coverage of the passing of Nelson “Madiba” Mandela, Former South African President

 

Statement by the President on the Death of Nelson Mandela

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

5:25 P.M. EST

 

THE PRESIDENT:  At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.  I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.  It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve.  But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

 

And Nelson Mandela lived for that ideal, and he made it real.  He achieved more than could be expected of any man.  Today, he has gone home.  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.

 

Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa — and moved all of us.  His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings — and countries — can change for the better.  His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives.  And the fact that he did it all with grace and good humor, and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections, only makes the man that much more remarkable.  As he once said, “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

 

I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life.  My very first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was a protest against apartheid.  I studied his words and his writings.  The day that he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they’re guided by their hopes and not by their fears.  And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him.

 

To Graça Machel and his family, Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude for sharing this extraordinary man with us.  His life’s work meant long days away from those who loved him the most.  And I only hope that the time spent with him these last few weeks brought peace and comfort to his family.

 

To the people of South Africa, we draw strength from the example of renewal, and reconciliation, and resilience that you made real.  A free South Africa at peace with itself — that’s an example to the world, and that’s Madiba’s legacy to the nation he loved.

 

We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.  So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set:  to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.

 

For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived — a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.  May God Bless his memory and keep him in peace.

 

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5:30 P.M. EST

 

 

Nelson “Madiba” Mandela, Former South African President Has Died At Age 95

 

 

A Tribute To Nelson “Madiba” Mandela: “Let freedom reign. The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement.”

 

 

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Some Words From Nelson Mandela


Originally posted on idealisticrebel:

With great respect and awe of an amazing man, I would like to share some of his words with you. May you Rest in Peace Mr. Mandela.

 

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A Tribute To Nelson “Madiba” Mandela: “Let freedom reign. The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement.”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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NELSON MANDELA  Wednesday 11 May 1994

 

‘The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement’: The following is the text of Nelson Mandela’s speech as he was sworn in as President of South Africa in Pretoria yesterday

 

Today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world, confer glory and hope to newborn liberty.

 

Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.

 

Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.

 

All this we owe both to ourselves and to the peoples of the world who are so well represented here today.

 

To my compatriots, I have no hesitation in saying that each one of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld.

 

Each time one of us touches the soil of this land, we feel a sense of personal renewal. The national mood changes as the seasons change. We are moved by a sense of joy and exhilaration when the grass turns green and the flowers bloom.

 

That spiritual and physical oneness we all share with this common homeland explains the depth of the pain we all carried in our hearts as we saw our country tear itself apart in a terrible conflict, and as we saw it spurned, outlawed and isolated by the peoples of the world, precisely because it has become the universal base of the pernicious ideology and practice of racism and racial oppression.

 

We, the people of South Africa, feel fulfilled that humanity has taken us back into its bosom, that we, who were outlaws not so long ago, have today been given the rare privilege to be host to the nations of the world on our own soil. We thank all our distinguished international guests for having come to take possession with the people of our country of what is, after all, a common victory for justice, for peace, for human dignity.

 

We trust that you will continue to stand by us as we tackle the challenges of building peace, prosperity, non-sexism, non-racialism and democracy.

 

We deeply appreciate the role that the masses of our people and their political mass democratic, religious, women, youth, business, traditional and other leaders have played to bring about this conclusion; not least among them is my second Deputy President, the Honourable F W de Klerk.

 

We would also like to pay tribute to our security forces, in all their ranks, for the distinguished role they have played in securing our first democratic elections and the transition to democracy, from blood- thirsty forces which still refuse to see the light.

 

The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.

 

We have, at last, achieved our political emanicipation. We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.

 

We succeeded to take our last steps to freedom in conditions of relative peace. We commit ourselves to the construction of a complete, just and lasting peace.

 

We have triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of the millions of our people. We enter into a covenant that we shall build the society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.

 

As a token of its commitment to the renewal of our country, the new interim government of national unity will, as a matter of urgency, address the issue of amnesty for various categories of our people who are currently serving terms of imprisonment.

 

We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free. Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward.

 

We are both humbled and elevated by the honour and privilege that you, the people of South Africa, have bestowed on us, as the first President of a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa, to lead our country out of the valley of darkness. We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation-building, for the birth of a new world.

 

Let there be justice for all.

 

Let there be peace for all.

 

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.

 

Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfil themselves.

 

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.

 

Let freedom reign.

 

The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement.

 

God bless Africa. Thank you.

 

 

Nelson Mandela “belongs to the ages”

 

President Barack Obama extended his deepest sympathy and gratitude to the family of Nelson Mandela in a speech delivered at the White House on Thursday. Obama recounted that his first political action was protesting apartheid. “I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.” To honor Madiba, Obama asked that we “make decisions not guided by hate, but by love” and “strive for a future that is worthy of his legacy.”

 

 

 

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Nelson Mandela Has Died At The Age of 95


Originally posted on Blackbutterfly7:

Nelson Mandela, emerged from prison after 27 years and became the father of democracy to South Africa, leading it out of decades of apartheid and becoming President.  Condolences to his family.

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Nelson Mandela Dies


Originally posted on IT's My Thoughts:

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The announcement of Mandela’s death was made by President Jacob Zuma
South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, South Africa’s president says.

Mr Mandela, 95, led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison.

He had been receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection after three months in hospital.

In a statement on South African national TV, Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela had “departed” and was at peace.

“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” Mr Zuma said.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was one of the world’s most revered statesmen after preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years.

He had rarely been seen in public since officially retiring in 2004.

“What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves,” Mr Zuma said.

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