SYMBOLS: IN MEMORY OF NELSON MANDELA
A Rainbow World
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” – Nelson Mandela
Being active in the late 1980’s with the anti apartheid movement was an important moment for many Canadians. Our own Progressive Conservative Prime Minister of the day, Brian Mulroney, eventually followed our lead in the boycott against the oppressive South African regime. He and the Canadian government spoke up against U.S President Ronald Reagan and U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 2 western leaders who were not supporting the anti-apartheid movement.
I had withdrawn all my funds from the bank of Nova Scotia which had numerous unethical investments in South Africa. I recall speaking by telephone to another activist about the boycott against Shell Oil and other corporations. In his thick South African accent he asked me incredulously “you’ve never heard of DeBeers man, you have never heard of De Beers?”
It was a moment of personal awakening that I will never forget. .
The rainbow – a symbol of hope
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat . . .” – Nelson Mandela
A universal symbol – the happy face & the sun; the great luminary.
(Above and below – Google images)
“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people.” – Nelson Mandela
Will we choose to bridge the chasm?
“The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.” – N. Mandela
Power to the People: Amandla!
A telling reality of the Earth – Africa is powerless at night
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Nelson Mandela 1918 –2013
Rest in Peace