The Incredible Impact of Nelson Mandela

The Incredible Impact of Nelson Mandela

South African anti-apartheid activist and former president Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 on December 5, 2013. I think I'll remember what I was doing when I heard for the rest of my life. Nelson Mandela was one of those. I could talk about his life and his legacy, but we know. We remember. We learned about him. Now, let's take a moment to remember him, together, no matter which country we are in across the globe. As a people. Nelson Mandela reminded us with his life that we are one people.

Nelson Mandela
(Image: © Uppa/Photoshot/UPPA/

Ever since I discovered Mandela's Foundation on Twitter, I've been struck by how much has changed in our ability to talk to one another since Mandela was freed in 1990 after 27 years in prison. That so many across the globe have been inspired by his words, his triumphs, his mistakes, and his commitment to try again and again, no matter how formidable the obstacles, speaks to the bond of humankind that he engendered. There aren't very many people whose lives make you drop to your knees, but Nelson Mandela was one of them.

Rita Arens is the author of the young adult novel The Obvious Game & the deputy editor of Find more at


In order to comment on, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.