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This week brought the passing of Nelson Mandela. He was a man whose towering authority derived from his relentless devotion to humanity at its most basic level. While locked away for 27 years, the rage of injustice was supplanted by a willingness to build bridges to those who'd imprisoned him. After his release in 1990, his first goal was reconciliation, not retribution. "The whites are our fellow South Africans," he said the next morning. "We want them to feel safe." And after becoming the first democratically elected black president of South Africa, that unremitting dedication to what's best in us continued. "He no longer belongs to us," said President Obama upon learning of his death, "he belongs to the ages." But let's not relegate him to the ages just yet -- we desperately need his spirit of transcendence and compassion right now. As he wrote in 1995: "It always seems impossible until it's done." Rest in Peace, Madiba.
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The death of Nelson Mandela at 95 comes at a time when the once-young American whom Mandela inspired has grown ruefully aware
Death is not the final victory. Nothing can silence the voice of Nelson Mandela - not Robben Island, not death. His words are eternal. His voice will echo throughout time.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who served 27 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities and led his continent into a new era, has died at age 95.
"What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human," Zuma said in his address. "We saw in him what we seek
July 18 is known around the globe as Mandela Day -- a celebration of the wonderful Nelson Mandela, his tireless struggle for human dignity and his lifelong commitment to pursue the greater good.
The embrace of Mandela and the reality of black majority rule in South Africa have come at a steep price. The price was the U.S. government's decades old assault on Mandela's character and leadership.
Obama is in South Africa on the second stop of a three-nation Africa tour. His visit had triggered intense speculation that
Nelson Mandela has been placed on life support, CNN reported Wednesday afternoon.
His last public appearance was waving to fans from the back of a golf cart before the final of the World Cup in Johannesburg's
The former South African president's health remained critical for the fourth consecutive day as tribal leaders reportedly
The minister said arrangements were being made for Obama to visit Robben Island, where Mandela spent much of his 27 years
Is there a more fruitful relationship between writer and subject than Richard Stengel and Nelson Mandela?
The World Post
Long before the struggle in South Africa became fashionable in the U.S., some American leaders rallied to their side, sending forth a ripple of hope on behalf of the entire free world.
UPDATE: An important comment from a reader e-mail: Nelson spokesman Jake Thompson said that Nelson was not the only target
The World Post
"Hope has never trickled down. It has always sprung up." This is what America can learn from South Africa.
The executive editor of The New York Times, Bill Keller, sees "unmistakable" similarities between the campaigns of Barack