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A Small Poem in Memory of a Monumental Man - Nelson Mandela - 4,222 Views

My coworker gasped and I braced myself for what she had to say. The last thing I expected was for her to tell me Nelson Mandela died today.

A wave of sadness overtook me and I fought back tears. Nelson Mandela was a monumental figure and leader who knew no fears.

Twenty-seven of his ninety-five years spent in captivity—a punishment for fighting for the rights of people who look like me.

Determined to abolish Apartheid and its insidious rules, no one can fill Nelson Mandela’s shoes.

A Xhosa, born to the Thembu royal family, Mandela had ambition early.

He studied law and joined the ANC (African National Congress), determined to fight the powers that be.

He served as the President of the ANC from 1991 to 1997—still fighting the good fight for his brethren.

He wrote his autobiography and led negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid. His name by then was known worldwide.

In 1994 he led the ANC to victory and became the first black South African president, making history.

He will be revered and remembered from this day on as a legend and a leader to be celebrated and mourned.

Thank you, Mandela for all you have done to make the world better for everyone!!!

By Alretha Thomas

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