Thursday, December 05, 2013

Nelson Mandela, RIP

RIP Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, RIP

The following news is from the Chicago Tribune staff and wire services regarding the passing of Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela has died at age 95, South African President Jacob Zuma announced Thursday.
Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world.

Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war.

"The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come," Mandela said in his acceptance speech on becoming South Africa's first black president in 1994.

"We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation."

In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, an honour he shared with F.W. de Klerk, the white Afrikaner leader who freed him from prison three years earlier and negotiated the end of apartheid.

Mandela went on to play a prominent role on the world stage as an advocate of human dignity in the face of challenges ranging from political repression to AIDS.
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Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela!

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