Nelson Mandela, 1918 – 2013

Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela died today.

He devoted his life to ending Apartheid in South Africa, at a personal cost of 27 years imprisonment. He achieved his aim, and was the first democratically elected and black President of that country.

He dies lionized by all.

P.S. Nelson Mandela was portrayed in a film called Invictus. Which happens to be the name of a poem by William Ernest Henley, which could almost have been written for Mr. Mandela:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.


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