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Remembering and Mourning Nelson Mandela

Photo by South Africa The Good News via Flickr.

Photo by South Africa The Good News via Flickr.

We join with the worldwide community in mourning the passing of human rights champion Nelson Mandela. He led South Africa through a difficult transition to democracy and proved true his own famous words, “Never doubt that one person can make a difference in the world.”

Mandela will be remembered as a courageous leader who advocated for the rights and dignity of all people and brought his country together at a time when many thought it couldn’t be done. His legacy leaves us with a vision of the kind of change that’s possible and the hope that we, too, can transform the injustices we witness in our lives.

Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As educators we especially remember these inspiring words today as we keep his memory alive — teaching, mentoring, and learning alongside the children we have proudly chosen to serve.

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