The entire legacy of Nelson Mandela can never be summed up in words, but there are lessons we can all learn from the life he lived. Like the Bible, there are lessons about war and justice, love and pain, endurance and courage, patience and faith. President Obama’s address speaks to Mandela’s embodiment of “manhood.” Through perseverance, there is a true testament to the power of self control and the ability to harness anger and frustration to meaningful, revolutionary outcomes.
President Obama’s speech at Tuesday’s Memorial Service puts Mandela’s contributions in context.
Remembering Nelson Mandela: Remarks by President Barack Obama – Nelson Mandela Foundation
To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests – it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. To the people of South Africa – people of every race and walk of life – the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.
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Throughout the memorial celebration, South Africans sang and danced, and exemplified the spirit of Mandela’s people, of his country.
This memorial was attended by dignitaries from more than 100 nations.