Thank You, Nelson Mandela

When I was a student – in high school and then college – we protested apartheid in South Africa, and Ronnie Reagan’s shameless support of that racist regime. One of the anthems that inspired us was the Specials’ Free Nelson Mandela

Years later, we had the privilege of visiting the new South Africa when it hosted the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament. And one of the anthems that inspired us then was K’naan’s Wavin Flag

Nelson Mandela lived a life of struggle, risking everything to make a better South Afrika. And in doing so, he helped make a better world for us all. In fact, the man became a beacon of all that is good about the human race, showing that love triumphs over hate.

Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela. May your light shine on…