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Honoring Two Heroes: MLK and Mandela via Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and The Root

20 Jan

Today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, my thoughts were of King, and yet also, of another role model and hero of mine, the great, Nelson Mandela.  I was glad then to see this article from The Root by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in my email inbox today.  Dr. King has been an inspiration to me ever since I was a young girl, and even more so as an adult, finally more conscious to receive, understand and act in my day-to-day life on his message of equality, justice, and speaking up for what is right.

Please follow the link to Gates’s article, to read how the first official, national Martin Luther King Day back in 1986 had direct ties to Nelson Mandela and apartheid in South Africa.



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WJSS Weekend Sounds: Tribute to Nelson Mandela

8 Dec

Many of you know I write daily poems made from my friends’ status updates on facebook.  On Thursday night, I wrote a poem in honor of the passing of one of my, and the world’s, greatest heros, Nelson Mandela.  I am sad that he is gone from the planet, but in my heart can celebrate the tremendous gift of courage, persistence, love and forgiveness that he modeled for all of us.    Here is the poem written from the many voices expressing their gratitude for the great Nelson Mandela, followed by a tribute song, Mr. Mandela by Trenton and Free Radical featuring the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. (more…) […]

WJSS Weekend Quote: Nelson Mandela

20 Jul

Nelson Mandela turned 94 this week.  Happy Birthday, Mr. Mandela!

There are very few people in this world who give me goosebumps, and a lump in my throat when  I see them and hear them speak their truth to power– and I’m talking on a television set, even, since I’ve never seen him in person.  Nelson Mandela is one of those people.  I remember apartheid, the rising of the anti-apartheid revolution in South Africa, and the sweet day in history that Nelson Mandela was freed, and then became President of South Africa.


Here is a quote of Mr. Mandela’s meant to inspire:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
Post your favorite quote below in comments.
And, while we no longer have to sing the Special AKA’s song, Free Nelson Mandela, it’s a great Friday dance song.  Enjoy!