nelson mandela

 Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies. In 1993, Mandela and South African President F.W. de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to dismantle the country’s apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president. In 2009, Mandela’s birthday (July 18) was declared “Mandela Day” to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader’s legacy. Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013, at age 95. (via

Nelson Mandela is one of my heroes – a larger than life person, who dared to take on a whole system at great personal cost, and triumphed over it, and yet managed not to be bitter. He was truly a person who walked the talk.

Today I want to reflect on some of his words and ask you to join me in doing this.

Immortal Nelson Mandela Quotes

“I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.”

i am not a saint

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” from Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela’s autobiography.

as i walked out the door

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” from Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela’s autobiography

i learned that courage

no one is born hating

there is no passion

“If I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man.”

The legacy of Nelson Mandela lives on – as do his immortal words!

This post is written for the letter ‘N’ for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014.