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Nelson Mandela, A Man "Who Bent The Arc of All Humans Toward Justice," Dies At 95

December 5th 2013

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, the man who led South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison, and who became South Africa's first black president, died today. He was 95 years old.

Mandela had been battling health issues in recent years, and had recently been repeatedly hospitalized with a chronic lung infection.  Since his last release, he had been receiving home-based medical care for his infection; he passed peacefully in his home.

As a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, he was among the most revered statesmen. His warm methods of preaching reconciliation despite his nearly three decade imprisonment, won him not only world acclaim, but prominence and his historic presidency. His mantra as written in his 1994 work, Long Walk to Freedom, "If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner," was the essence of who he was as a leader and an inspiration.

Mandela, who has rarely been seen in public since officially retiring in 2004, will be mourned and memorialized by a grateful nation and a world of fans.

South African President Jacob Zuma, said, "What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves." "Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell,” Zuma said.

United States President Barrack Obama said, "Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Neslon Mandela lived. A man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of all humans toward justice.”

Juda Engelmayer is an executive with the NY PR agency 5WPR and a contributor to the Cutting Edge News

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