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Nelson Mandela: A Man

Published July 14, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Nelson Mandela: a man turned into statues in his own lifetime | World news | guardian.co.uk

Madiba is a man who has faced oppression and through his humanity developed resilience that beams from his every word and action. He is no superhero, but an activist who stood up against his oppressors to gain justice, at great personal risk. It is this quality, his resilience that singles him out in history as a great man of principle, a leader who embraced his humanity and showed respect to others that has given him authority. In our community we have many people through their lived experience have gained that quality of inner strength to bounce back or adapt.

In reality we all have that potential however it takes commitment to both principles and action.  It is in the word and deeds that say to our oppressors, that you can marginalise me, oppress me, deny my culture beat me, imprison me and even kill me but I will not be defeated.  I was here yesterday, I am here today and I will be here tomorrow demanding my rights to be treated as a human being.