Nelson Mandela – Legacy of Forgiveness

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison, yet when he left prison, his willingness to forgive and forget helped peacefully end an era of white domination in his native South Africa.

“Mandela’s biggest legacy… was his remarkable lack of bitterness and the way he did not only talk about reconciliation, but he made reconciliation happen in South Africa.” said F.W. de Klerk, South Africa’s last white president before giving way to Mandela, the country’s first black leader.

As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility. Nelson Mandela

Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. The world thanks you for the life you lived and shared with us.

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