Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Nelson Mandela

 Hearing of the passing of civil rights giant, President Nelson Mandela, was a sad and, initially, scary occasion for me. He did such an outstanding job of holding humanity accountable for the greater good that my initial thoughts were, ‘what will the world be like without him and who will step up in his place?’ But, I quickly realized that it is up to us, as individuals and as a global society, to honor his strong legacy by upholding and furthering the moral principles for which he governed himself and the world.   Ashley Gibson, Director of Communication, Casady School

From Awesome Stories:  http://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Invictus

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I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

It is the late 1940s in South Africa.  New laws, impacting racial segregation, herald an ominous future for people of color who live at the southern tip of the African continent.
Over the coming decades, the plight of black South Africans will worsen.  Although they are the majority in their country, they have no say in government because they cannot vote in national elections.
How can they be masters of their fate when they are not even allowed to live where they wish?
When people were crowded into sub-standard housing, in the Johannesburg area of Sowetto (standing for "South Western Townships"), racial tensions began to flare.  Nelson Mandela, a lawyer and anti-apartheid leader, also had a home in Sowetto.  He would rise to become the leader of his nation - South Africa - but it would take years before that happened.  Image of Sowetto homes by Matt-80, online via Wikimedia Commons.  License:  CC BY-2.0

Original Release Date:  December, 2009
Updated December 5, 2013