Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world and within each one of us — if we believe, dream and work together. Let us continue each day to be inspired by his lifelong example and his call to never cease working for a better and more just world.
– 2013 / Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Since 2010, the world has been celebrating Nelson Mandela every July 18th, as the day known as Nelson Mandela Day. It is more than a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy; it is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better. It is important to be reminded by inspiring figures such as Mandela how important it is to fight for peace and equality. Accordingly, Nelson Mandela’s courage brought justice to his country South Africa. Mandela’s goal was not switching the black and white community’s social ranks, but to put them on the same level, despite what one group did to the other in the past. In addition, Nelson Mandela gave a voice to South Africa’s black community, by becoming the first black president of South Africa. The United Nations declared July 18th “Nelson Mandela Day” to commemorate the birth of a man who spent his life on the path to gaining freedom and racial equality.
As young generation our children should follow up the great courage and determination of Nelson Mandela with his massive style of leadership. It’s the most needed thing for the present moment as the life is with uncountable encounters of events embedded with tragedies, sorrows, disasters and happenings varied. We must have our moral fiber to delve into all such calamities of life.
Nelson Mandela, also known as Madiba, the great South African and world leader, was many things to those who knew or came to learn of him, but even more for those who care about the things he was so passionate about. He will be remembered for his struggle and leadership for freedom with equality, truth, love, peace and justice. He inspired many of us through his life, struggle, words and deeds, as he walked the walk as well as talking the talk, unlike many compatriots who manipulate similar ideals for self-aggrandizement.
As a symbolism master, Nelson Mandela supported the strategies he had through being magnanimous towards his enemies. He was a leader who wanted to see people living in harmony and respecting one another. This led him to fight for freedom and respect for human rights. His actions led to him winning several Nobel award. He is truly an iconic leader, who most people admire and may like to possess his leadership qualities. Mandela’s activities perceived him as an outstanding representative of human potential for good.
According to the Director- General of UNESCO on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day it is mentioned in a glamorous style of the versatility of the character of Mandela: “In times of turbulence, Nelson Mandela shows us the power of resisting oppression, of justice over inequality, of dignity over humiliation, of forgiveness over hatred. As the world takes forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and strives to overcome new sources of adversity, let us recall the lessons of Nelson Mandela’s life, and the essential humanism that guided him. “
After all, 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. True personal freedom is to live as you are, to do what you wish and spend time freely with people we like.
“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.”
– Nelson Mandela