Dec 5

Nelson Mandela: We Mourn His Passing & Celebrate His Life

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Nelson Mandela
  18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013


Nelson Mandela will long be remembered for his courageous, relentless pursuit of racial equality, and for his unerring belief in and ability to inspire all of humanity.

We mourn his passing and celebrate and give thanks for his incalculable contributions to us all.

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

“I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”

- Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

News of Nelson Mandela’s passing:

Please join us in honoring his memory,

The NACPM Staff and Board of Directors

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Thank you, Colleen Donovan-Batson, for sharing MANA photos