In the last two decades of the 20th century, there are only a hand full of world events that I remember today almost as well as when they first happened. From the tragic – the death of John Lennon or Tiananmen Square to the euphoria of the Berlin Wall falling or Clinton’s election. One of then was the Sunday morning when Nelson Mandela walked out of prison. The boxer and ANC leader, who became a global symbol of peace and hope. I saw him briefly a few years later at the Clinton Inaugural and what I remember most was the joy he exuded.
Today is International Nelson Mandela Day and I fear that this may be the last year we commemorate a living icon, but I have no doubt his legacy will roar long past his death like a true African lion.
There is one minor downside to Mandela’s release, you hardly ever hear the Specials “Free Nelson Mandela.” A great song!