"When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity."

- Nelson Mandela

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Click to watch video of US National Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela held on December 11, 2013  

Click to watch video of US National Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela held on December 11, 2013

In Memoriam

TransAfrica President, Nicole Lee, shares her remarks from the US National Memorial on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at the National Cathedral. READ IT HERE

Official Obituary: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918 - 2013 "The Father of Democratic South Africa"

The White House, Office of the Press Secretary:

THE PRESIDENT:  At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.  I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.  It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve.  But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” CONTINUE READING

Congress Members:

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of its Subcommittee on African Affairs, and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela. READ THE STATEMENT HERE

Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement on the passing of former South African President and global leader, Nelson Mandela. READ THE STATEMENT HERE

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement after learning of the death of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and international civil rights icon. He was 95 years old. READ THE STATEMENT HERE


Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) mourns the loss of our beloved Madiba. He changed the world and he changed our lives.  Our hearts go out to you, to his family, friends, and comrades, and to all the people of South Africa and the world who held him dear.  May you go well, Madiba.  May you rest in peace. CONTINUE READING

Nicole Lee speaking on the the legacy of Nelson Mandela, after his death earlier this week. Al Jazeera English, December 10, 2013


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Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived.
— Barack Obama, President of the United States @BarackObama
We will forever draw strength and inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility.
— Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States @FLOTUS
Mandela’s courage to forgive & determination for equality changed a nation & inspired millions around the world. Rest in peace #Madiba #tata
— Kevin Anderson, South African Tennis Athlete @KevinAnderson18
Mandela’s Life Will Forever Inspire Generations to Challenge Status Quo & Demand Racial, Social & Economic Justice
— Mary Kay Henry, President SEIU @MaryKayHenry
#Madiba for vision, courage, forgiveness compassion, we honour you. RIP
— Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director Oxfam International @WinnieByanyima
#Madiba will live on forever in how we live our lives and fight for justice. #Mandela.
— Barbara Lee, US House of Representatives (CA) @RepBarbaraLee
May the life of Nelson Mandela long stand as the ultimate tribute to the triumph of hope.
— Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader US House of Representatives @NancyPelosi
It is often said a person’s legacy will outlive them, but in #Madiba’s case, the world will never be the same now that he has occupied it.
— Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations @AmbassadorPower
Nelson Mandela was an angel walking on this earth. You were one the greatest teachers this world has ever known. We love you and we miss you
— Russell Simmons, Celebrity @UncleRUSH