To Rolihlahla, “the rebel”

We are all one race, the human race, and we can thrive through the tragedies if we love like children. Lucie (reposted for Mandela Day)

Reverse Perspective

Mandela, still the people's lawyer, burning his passbook, a document used by the government to control the movements of black South Africans Mandela, still the people’s lawyer, burning his passbook, a document used by the government to control the movements of black South Africans

Yes, he was profoundly great. But no matter how great his words–and his deeds–one cannot see Mandela without looking in reverse perspective. You have to look at his impact on the people around him … and around the whole world.

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He not only inspired people of every continent to protest the inhumanity of apartheid, Mandela led the fight to defeat one of the richest, most powerful adversaries on the planet.

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Even in the oil city, Houston, with tight alliances to South Africa, he inspired everyday people to come out and march against oppression and slavery. Those of us who took part will never be the same.

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In the same way he inspired me and so many of us to do something outside of ourselves–to work non-stop against apartheid…

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