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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Happy Birthday - Nelson Mandela - 92 today

Here is a short bio on his life for you.

My father was born about 300 miles away ten days after Mandela's birth.   My father, who was white, also became a successful lawyer who believed Apartheid and racial oppression was evil.  Because of that I understood this at a very early age.   My father was lucky enough to see Nelson Mandela lead a a relatively peaceful transition to a free South Africa, something few South Africans expected to ever see in their lifetime.

The successfully staged recent World Cup is proof of  his legacy.  None of this would have been possible without his humanity, his humility and his willingness and ability to reach across a chasm of fear and hatred to bring peace to a country that so badly needed it.  He is truly a giant among men.

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