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7.7.13 … thinking of Mandela … “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

by Nelson Mandela

via | The 23 Best Nelson Mandela Quotes | Deseret News.

‘Long Walk To Freedom,’ ‘Conversations With Myself,’ ‘Spear Of The Nation’, NPR, Saving Nelson Mandela: The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa:  Over the years, I have had said several conversations with white South Africans about Nelson Mandela.  As I have mentioned before, I believe that the white South Africans universally appreciate Nelson Mandela, many praise him for being possibly being the only black who could have lead the nation out of apartheid peacefully.  One person recently closed the conversation, with the statement, “at the end of the day, he was a terrorist, but I would have done the same thing given the circumstances.”  This NPR article is quite good and lists three books worth reading on Mandela.  I would add a 4th,  Saving Nelson Mandela: The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa (Pivotal Moments in World History): Kenneth S. Broun: 9780199740222: Amazon.com: Books. I heard Mr. Broun spealk at a CLE conference and was enthralled.  His book was excellent.

“One issue that deeply worried me in prison was the false image that I unwittingly projected to the outside world; of being regarded as a saint. I never was one, even on the basis of an earthly definition of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” In some places images of the original documents are included.

There is a tendency to set Mandela apart from the social or political movements that shaped him or to emphasize the mostly nonviolent aspects of the struggles against colonialism and apartheid. But Mandela was a product of the ANC, and that includes its legacy of mass protest and armed struggle. This study shows that he played a key role in the decision to embark on sabotage campaigns against the South African government and military targets after the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960 (where 69 people protesting pass laws, many of them black, were shot by police). In 1962 he traveled to Tanzania, Egypt, Tunisia, London, Morocco and the new states of West Africa to raise money and awareness about Umkhonto We Sizwe, or MK — the armed wing of the ANC. He also did military training in Ethiopia, and learned from Algeria’s successful efforts to oust French colonialists in a long, bloody war. He would be imprisoned in 1964, becoming a bystander to much of the violence, but MK soldiered on for almost three more decades, engaging the apartheid state in a low-level guerrilla struggle.

via ‘Long Walk To Freedom,’ ‘Conversations With Myself,’ ‘Spear Of The Nation’ : NPR.

From my recent posts …

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