Happy Birthday Madiba! Today is Madiba’s 93rd bday. I am going to include couple of videos about Madiba. His life continues to inspire not only fellow South Africans but continues to be an inspiration to many people who continue to struggle for a better world. Madiba’s life also got me reflecting on the struggle that revolutionaries go through. It seems that in order to start a revolution, the powers that be will try everything in their power to jail the revolutionary. Fred Hampton said it best when he said, “you can jail the revolutionary but you can’t jail the revolution.” We have seen this in the case of Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and many other leaders. The latest revolutionary to be sent to jail is my dear friend, Steve “Dogon” Richardson.
Mandela’s life is not celebrated simply by praising him but through actions. Countries from throughout the world will be sending him greetings for his birthday. I’m sure Mandela would be happy to receive these kinds of wishes: the U.S. troops will pull out from Iraq, Afghanistan and end the drones in Pakistan. Israel will tear down their apartheid type wall and pave the way to end their conflict with the Palestinians by recognizing and respecting the Palestinian position in future peace talks. Countries will actively participate in the eradication of poverty and homelessness in the world. There is no reason why a human being has to go hungry, live on the streets, lack health care, education and the basic human needs. Mandela’s best gift will be when powerful countries start investing more in humanity and start taking an active role in the eradication of poverty and hunger.
Let us celebrate Madiba’s birthday by continuing to engage and using our God given gifts to create this world a better place for everyone. There is no greater joy than using our gifts/talents to help someone achieve their goals. May we remember that everyday we are building bridges to someone’s dream and in doing so, we are carrying Madiba’s message of service, integration, compassion, empathy, and above all…LOVE.
Here is a link on some of Madiba’s famous quotes.
Here is a video marking the inauguration of Nelson Mandela Day
Here are some videos on Madiba. Enjoy them all.
And finally, here are some South African songs that I love. Some of these songs were sung by South Africans when they were living under the apartheid system. Bring Him Back Home served as one of the songs asking for the release of Nelson Mandela. Enjoy these songs: