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December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela: Definition of Humanity, Courage and Freedom

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Written by: LaToya Cross
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A Calm.

An Uproar.

A Sadness.

An Understanding.

Nelson Mandela.  We Thank You.

The measures of a man are seen with actions. The impact his words, ideologies, and philosophies, leave upon others, inspire. The way a listening ear reacts. The way eyes take in and absorb his aura, his walk, his being. It’s that leadership lifestyle that lingers during and after he navigates a room, a city, a country.

A respect unmatched.

Nelson Mandela was that and leaves a burning imprint on the world.  Never have we experience such humbleness and grace. Never have we been blessed with a power and determination of a voice so strong here, on earth, such as the one Nelson Mandela evoked onto society.

One Soul. One Man.  One man with the same 24 hours as you and I that embraced a vision so selfless with efforts to change the world for all humanity.

The magnitude of his sacrifices and world contribution is admirable and invaluable.

He was freedom. He was courage. He was a fighter. He was humanity.  All of these things in human form. Not just talk but solid action.

Love, adoration, respect and appreciation was given during his days in the flesh. Those same feelings will continue on through his transition.  Mandela, We Thank You!

“Death is something inevitable.  When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.  I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”

- Nelson Mandela

Rest well.

About the Author

LaToya Cross
LaToya Cross is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Broadcast & Media Arts in Southfield, MI and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Magazine Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. She has been published in N'DIGO Magapaper, ndigo.com, Vocalo.org, Heed Magazine, AndWePresent.com, JET Magazine and JETMag.com. Her work as a writer and visionary engages arts & culture, education and philanthropy. In addition to being a journalism/communications professional, she works with and mentors youth as an After-School instructor with Orion's Mind and volunteers with Open Books Literacy Program.


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