Newsone—Dr. Maya Angelou, a living legend among us, has delivered a powerful, gripping tribute to Nelson Mandela on behalf of the American people.
Released by the U.S. State Department, Angelou speaks about the “heart of Africa” walking out the prison’s door and feeling the “cool winds of freedom” all the way in America. She speaks of love, revolution. Peace.
It is truly a fitting tribute—from one legend to another.
NMMU Choir’s tribute to Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s internationally acclaimed choir pays tribute to our namesake on his 94th birthday with their rendition of Asimbonanga. Don’t miss this!
“We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world – you can make his life’s work your own. Over thirty years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land. It stirred something in me. It woke me up to my responsibilities – to others, and to myself – and set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be better. He speaks to what is best inside us. After this great liberator is laid to rest; when we have returned to our cities and villages, and rejoined our daily routines, let us search then for his strength – for his largeness of spirit – somewhere inside ourselves. And when the night grows dark, when injustice weighs heavy on our hearts, or our best laid plans seem beyond our reach – think of Madiba, and the words that brought him comfort within the four walls of a cell:
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
What a great soul it was. We will miss him deeply. May God bless the memory of Nelson Mandela. May God bless the people of South Africa.
Stay tuned…I will be posting more here on Mandela. There are many stories out there about this great leader to share. It will serve as a reference point for us all. ~Marion Young
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