Obama Mourns Death of Icon Nelson Mandela

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Counting himself among the millions influenced by Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama on Thursday mourned the death of the anti-apartheid icon with whom he shares the distinction of being his nation’s first black president.

“He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages,” Obama said in a somber appearance at the White House.

“I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life,” he continued. “And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.”

Mandela died earlier Thursday at 95. He had spent much of the year in and out of the hospital, and his illness prevented a meeting with Obama when the U.S. president visited South Africa this summer.

Still, the former South African president’s legacy influenced nearly every aspect of Obama’s trip. Obama, along with wife…

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Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon, dies aged 95

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By Aislinn Laing, Southern Africa Correspondent

1:48AM GMT 06 Dec 2013 Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid hero,   dies

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Nelson Mandela, the global statesman who delivered South Africa from the dark   days of apartheid, has died aged 95. Mr Mandela   had suffered from a series of lung infections over the past two years and   died at home in the company of his family. The news of his passing was made in a statement made by South African   President Jacob Zuma which was broadcast on national TV. “Our nation has lost its greatest son,” said Mr Zuma, who praised   the Mandela family for sacrificing so much “so that our people could be   free”.

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“Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss   of the one person who more than any other came to embody their sense of a   common nation,” he said…

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Nelson Mandela’s death sparks global response

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(CNN) — Word of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s death Thursday sparked an outpouring of responses and personal recollections from around the world. Here are some of them:

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South African President Jacob Zuma

“Our thoughts are with the South African people, who today mourn the loss of the one person who, more than any other, came to embody their sense of a common nation. Our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embraced Madiba as their own, and who saw his cause as their cause. This is the moment of our deepest sorrow. Our nation has lost its greatest son.”

Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela

“All that I can do is thank God that I had a grandfather who loved and guided all of us in the family. The best lesson that he taught all of us was the…

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Goodbye Nelson Mandela

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All people shall have equal right to use their own languages, and to develop their own folk culture and customs . . . . The aim of education shall be to teach the youth to love their people and their culture, to honour human brotherhood, liberty and peace; Education shall be free, compulsory, universal and equal for all children. (Constitution, 1996)

A fine article written by Andres Hallengren: Nelson Mandela and the rainbow of culture. It’s a bit long, but it’s worth reading it. Sometimes I forget how powerful poetry and literature can be, in the way they can inspire and touch the soul. I also forgot, how beautiful Henley’s Invictus is, and I can understand, why Mandela was so attached to it. Goodbye to a great man.

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A Timeline of Nelson Mandela’s Great Life

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July 18, 1918 — Born to Hendry Mphakanyiswa, a Thembu chief, and Nosekeni Qunu in the Umtata district of the Transkei, at a time when virtually all of Africa was under European colonial rule.

1940 — Expelled from University of Fort Hare, a leading institution for blacks, for role in a student strike.

1942 — Joins African National Congress, South Africa’s main campaigner for black equality.

1943 — Receives BA from Fort Hare after completing correspondence courses through University of South Africa.

June 4, 1948 — National Party, dominated by white Dutch-descended Afrikaners, is elected to power and begins installing apartheid, a system of complete racial segregation. It will rule without interruption for 46 years.

1952 — Mandela leads the Defiance Campaign, encouraging people to break racial separation laws. Convicted under Suppression of Communism Act, banned from attending gatherings and leaving Johannesburg. Passes exam to qualify as an attorney and…

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Thank you, Madiba

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10 surprising facts about Nelson Mandela

1. His birth name, Rolihlahla, means ‘troublemaker’

2. He played a small part in ‘Malcom X’.

3. Scientists named a woodpecker after him, the Australopicus nelsonmandelai.

4. He married a First Lady: Graca Machel had been married to the president of Mozambique.

5. The press nicknamed him ‘the Black Pimpernel’, because he was a master of disguise.

6. He was intrigued by boxe – not the violence, but the ‘science behind it’.

7. He opened Johannesburg first black law firm, in 1952.

8. He loved tripe.

9. Because of his fight against apartheid, he was in the US terror watch list until 2008.

10. He was inspired by a poem: William Ernest Henley’s ‘Invictus’, which he used to read to fellow prisoners, and gives the title to the film about him. It was about never giving up.

 

 

 

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