Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy 90th Birthday, Madiba!

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Picture description: There are four pictures of Nelson Mandela. The first picture is of Mandela and his wife Winnie. In the second one Mandela sits in a metal lawn chair while smiling. The third picture shows him standing in his prison cell looking out of the window through bars. The last picture shows the front page of the London Herald newspaper with a headline that reads "Nelson Mandela Freed".


During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people, I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if it needs be it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?

I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.

Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.


Philip. said...

I certainly hope I look that good at 90.

Happy birthday!

bint alshamsa said...

Me too. I didn't know he was even close to that age. Heck, I'll be satisfied if I even live to be half his age.

The Humanity Critic said...

Happy Birthday indeed..

belledame222 said...


As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

I do believe this. I try to hold onto it, anyway.

incidentally, my own grandpa just turned 90; no other real link except he's also looking/doing damn well for a that and a that. we threw him a party at a restaurant on Saturday. :)