Today, we honor the 94th birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela. Mandela, along with the African National Congress, helped dismantle the oppressive apartheid system that has divided South African populations for over 60 years. Through his actions and words, Mandela left a legacy of reconciliation and peace that has been influential in reconciling politically torn nations throughout Africa and the developing world today.
In honor of Madiba’s birthday, here is an inspirational poem that he held dear to his heart:
by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Post submitted by: Miqi Cos