It is with a heavy heart that the Texas Legislative Black Caucus mourns the passing of one of the most iconic and transformative civil rights activists the world has ever seen, former South African President Nelson Mandela at the age of 95.
Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, fought tirelessly to ensure that we as a human race, both aspired to and brought about the reality of equality, in his native of South Africa and on a much larger scale, the world at large. As a man willing to sacrifice for his convictions; his humility, grace, steeled determination and vision never wavered, even as he endured more than 27 years of imprisonment solely for his ideals to make South Africa a truly free and open society for all.
His contributions so vast and comprehensive that they include the peaceful transition from an Apartheid South African government into a functioning, inclusive democratic government, which is the true hallmark of his genius.
Few others in history have ever made the impact on the world that he has. Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Mandela all shared the mantle of true statesman & humanitarians in the pantheon of great leaders.
Fortunately enough, members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus were able to visit South Africa recently to see up close, how Mandela has helped make the country a “Rainbow Nation”.
While we will cherish the memory and legacy that Mandela has left, let us never forget what Mandela taught us, which is that we can never rectify the injustices in our society without great sacrifice, persistence, and a tireless dedication to what is right & just.