Honoring President Nelson Mandela’s Passing as the World Mourns, December 5, 2013 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #479)

This man of peace healed his nation of South Africa–and he was an example of courage, NelsonMandela-Address-opening-parliament-Capetown-Feb07_1987_Reutersconviction, and conscience to us all. Peoples around the world mourn his passing today. Rest in peace, President Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013).

(Image right Chicago Tribune; Reuters, February 7, 1987, image gallery)




And celebrating some of the music of Africa, a hymnlike song from LadySmith Black Mambazo:

A history of Nelson Mandela is found here.

Esteemed American Actor Morgan Freeman reading “Invictus”, a poem that is said to have inspired President Mandela when he was imprisoned for 27 years for fighting against apartheid (poem shared by Street of Dreams blog, that was pointed to me by the Swooning Maruca blog):

“Invictus poem – Mandela/William Ernest Henley”, a video by onelineup

And the text of the poem, Invictus, by William Ernest Henley as found at The Poetry Foundation:

Invictus  by William Ernest Henley

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.

And finally, in President Nelson Mandela’s own words–as a man of vision, dedication, and humor:

“Nelson Mandela Congressional Gold Medal Speech” a video by Educational Video Group

Transcript of the September 23, 1998 event conferring the Congressional Medal of Honor to President Nelson Mandela, including President Mandela’s full remarks in the video above.

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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5 Responses to Honoring President Nelson Mandela’s Passing as the World Mourns, December 5, 2013 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #479)

  1. Nelson Mandela was even more special than the world will ever really understand.

    Thank you for honoring him Gratiana.


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