Happy Birthday, Madiba…

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Every year on Nelson Mandela’s birthday,
the people aim to highlight his 67 years
of selfless dedication to fighting for peace,
reconciliation, and democracy by doing good for others.

It’s one day of the year
where people are asked
to spend 67 minutes of their time
performing selfless acts for the less fortunate…

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Remembering Youth day…

“Our children are our greatest treasure.”
-Nelson Mandela

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Youth Day is a day South Africans pay tribute to the youth that was ambushed by the apartheid regime police in Soweto on 16 June 1976. On June 16, 1976, thousands of black students gathered to protest from their schools to Orlando Stadium. … Hundreds of students were killed as a result

*Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika (Xhosa)

“Nelson Mandela’s birthday is today, and the call is out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world.”

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So today in honor of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, people around the world are giving 67 minutes of their time to help another person. It’s a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.

In the streets of the city
his light radiates,
in the hearts of our nation
his truth permeates.

Father of Africa,
your legacy survived,
we lift each other’s burdens,
so love can arise!

*The meaning of Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika (Xhosa) is “God (Lord) Bless Africa”

Lessons in Leadership

madiba 8Be like the man
who cared for humanity,
he lived his life
in gentle humility.
Be like the man
who embraced
all religions
forgiveness his mantra
when he came out of prison.
Be like the man
who loved all people,
not judging their status,
he fought for freedom.
Be like the man
who never desired riches,
he shared his possessions
and built many bridges.
Be like the man
whose voice can be heard
from beyond the hills
a modest shepherd.
Be like the man,
who was prepared to lay
down his life,
to bring freedom to the masses
and make poverty decline.
Be like the man
who fought for his nation
loved by the world,
incredible gracious!