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Drawing inspiration from Nelson Mandela, champion of democracy and justice

December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela

The entire Everyday Democracy family would like to express its deepest condolences and sense of loss to the Mandela family and the people of South Africa. In the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the world has lost a hero and noble soul whose fight for freedom and justice serves as a powerful reminder of how commitment to one’s ideals can and do change the world.

Mandela’s refusal to submit to the horrific injustices of apartheid and his refusal to allow the indignity of long-term imprisonment break his spirit are indicative of the continued struggle of people everywhere for equity, freedom and human rights.

We at Everyday Democracy cannot imagine our work without the example Mandela has set. His leadership has profoundly touched my own life and work, and was critical to our organizational journey to embrace equity as fundamental to our mission. We will continue to draw inspiration from this champion of democracy and justice.

So today, as we mourn and celebrate Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, we pledge to keep working to fulfill his legacy – that of building a world in which oppression and injustice have no place and in which we govern ourselves with humanity and respect for all.

Martha McCoy
Executive Director

 

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