Last night, Nelson Mandela, fondly nicknamed, Mandiba, departed. He lived from 1918- 2013, nearly one hundred years of life on this earth.
For me, Nelson Mandela was a great leader, a great man... one of the last of his kind! He fought for democracy and equality in a country where those did not exist, and was held as a prisoner for high treason, incarcerated for 27 years because of his strong convictions. Years later, he was elected President of this very same country! He made so many positive changes for South Africa. He did not give up fighting for what he believed in.
I tear up when I think of his greatness, because he, along with Martin Luther King Junior, are the only two men I can think of who made it their life's mission to fight for equality. I don't think the world will see another like Mandela, at least NOT in my lifetime.
Nelson Mandela, you have done so much for us. Thank you for believing in humanity and for never giving up! For believing so much in this that you made it your life's mission. You have helped so many millions of people around the world.
You light will never go out! You will be remembered throughout history and your legacy will live on!
God bless you, Nelson Mandela and may you finally rest in peace.
"I dedicate today to Neslson 'Mandiba' Mandela. 1918- 2013. A man of the the world, a man dedicated to this world. There will be no other like him. His GREATNESS will never fade or be forgotten. For me, this man represented freedom, equality and democracy. He fought his entire life for it... and fought hard! GOD BLESS YOU, Mr. Mandela. I am in morning and weeping with the people of this world who are so sad to see you go... But, I believe it was your time, and you are at PEACE now. Godspeed to you, Mr. Mandela. We will try to continue in your name, to fight for justice and equality..." --- Leesa M. Garcia, c. 2013