R.I.P., Nelson Mandela

A giant has passed away.

The death of Mandela will send South Africa deep into mourning and self-reflection 18 years after he led the country from racial apartheid to inclusive democracy. But his passing will also be keenly felt by people around the world who revered Mandela as one of history’s last great statesmen, and a moral paragon comparable with Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

I wonder how different I’d be if I hadn’t become an adult in the 1980s, when the tide truly began to turn in South Africa. Nelson Mandela might be the greatest political figure who lived during my life. Rest in peace.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

2 thoughts on “R.I.P., Nelson Mandela”

  1. I can’t think of a single other political leader who had the credibility of Mr. Mandela. To have gone through what he went through and not be embittered, or deflected from his goal, speaks to his strong character. Without the tremendous respect he earned by the way he comported himself and by his insistence that South Africa could and would change, and not by means of massacres and ruin, no peaceful change could have been possible. He’s at rest now; he’s done what he could, and his example remains. Bless him.

  2. Thanks You Mandela. He will be a great historical figure to years to come. A champion to end apartheid in South Africa.

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