Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Barak Obama, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Barak Obama, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela

RIP Nelson Mandela, pictured at his South African home in 2010, 'triumphed as a symbol of national reconciliation between South Africa's races'

RIP Nelson Mandela, pictured at his South African home in 2010, 'triumphed as a symbol of national reconciliation between South Africa's races'

The world will forever be better because of Nelson Mandela.  May we celebrate his memory and continue his legacy.

The world will forever be better because of Nelson Mandela. May we celebrate his memory and continue his legacy.

Nelson_Mandela_Portrait by Ashish Patel Every student did a portrait made out of words in last few years.

Nelson_Mandela_Portrait by Ashish Patel Every student did a portrait made out of words in last few years.

One of the most famous couples in African history, the pair were married in February of 1958. Contrary to popular belief, Winnie was not Nelson Mandela’s first wife, nor would she be his las

One of the most famous couples in African history, the pair were married in February of 1958. Contrary to popular belief, Winnie was not Nelson Mandela’s first wife, nor would she be his las

One of the most inspiring people on the planet. Wishing you a swift recovery Mr. Mandela.  Nelson Mandela by Yousuf Karsh

One of the most inspiring people on the planet. Wishing you a swift recovery Mr. Mandela. Nelson Mandela by Yousuf Karsh

Desmond Tutu & Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg. I flew with Desmond Tutu from Cape Town to Joburg.

Desmond Tutu & Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg. I flew with Desmond Tutu from Cape Town to Joburg.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela- born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918.  Mandela himself was educated at University College of Fort Hare & the University of Witwatersrand & qualified in law in 1942. He joined the African Nat'l Congress in 1944 & was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies after 1948. He consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom. Feb 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela released from prison

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela- born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. Mandela himself was educated at University College of Fort Hare & the University of Witwatersrand & qualified in law in 1942. He joined the African Nat'l Congress in 1944 & was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies after 1948. He consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom. Feb 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela released from prison

Nelson Mandela revisits his prison cell on Robben Island in 1994, where he had spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.

Nelson Mandela revisits his prison cell on Robben Island in 1994, where he had spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.”  ― Nelson Mandela

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.” ― Nelson Mandela

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