the world has lost one of the greatest warriors for freedom that has ever lived. nelson mandela died today at 95 years old. after spending 27 years in prison for his struggles against south africa’s apartheid regime, he emerged from incarceration stronger than ever to serve as the country’s president from 1994-1999.
during my lifetime i have dedicated my life to this struggle of the african people. 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 will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. but, my lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. -nelson mandela
may africa’s son rest in power.