Around the world, people are pausing to remember and honor Nelson Mandela, who passed away today.
My memory is traveling in South Africa during apartheid; hiding in the back of cars to go into “coloured only” and “black only” areas; meeting with lawyers in the anti-apartheid struggle who had been banned from law practice and from their homes; visiting “blacks only” hospitals and neighborhoods; and being refused service at a “coloured only” restaurant because of the color of my skin. All the while, Mandela was in prison, breaking rocks and inspiring a movement for justice.
I am grateful for his life, his courage and tenacity, his passion for justice, and the inspiration he gave to people of all races around the globe. Thank you, Nelson Mandela.