I had the honor of working with Madiba often during my time as co-chairman of the U.S.-South Africa Binational Commission. Each and every time I was with him, I was awed by his commanding yet graceful presence.
Nelson Mandela wasn't a "personality" politician. He was the leader of a movement and a model for the world. We'll be learning from his example long after the eulogies have ended.
In thinking about Nelson Mandela, his life and his legacy, a metaphor comes to mind: that of a great, one-for-the-ages comet -- not unlike the Comet ISON that recently traveled around the sun. Mandela was a great comet of a man; we are not likely to see someone like him again anytime soon. He was a man who made a towering difference in history by the sheer force of his character. This included his steel determination, his dedication to forgiveness of and reconciliation with his enemies, and a willingness to grow, adapt and change for the better, for the betterment of his country and, no exaggeration, the world.
As a child born and raised in Zimbabwe, I grew up hearing his name spoken and his story being shared almost every day. And 46 years later his legacy continues.
Black workers consistently have higher unemployment rates than whites, but the dispersion is even worse for America's youth. Nearly one in four black 16- to 24-year-olds was out of work in November, compared to only about one in ten white workers in the same age group.
Nelson Mandela deserves a place of honor with the dissidents and dreamers who knocked down the Berlin Wall and defeated the Soviet Union. And I am honored to have grown up watching it happen.
As I seated myself, I could hardly believe I was sitting across from the man who had almost single-handedly brought down the system of apartheid. Yet Mandela called me "Mister Carter."
When Safia insisted on filing a police report, she was harassed and followed by police and security agents. Safia had no choice but to flee Sudan.
A great human being passes away, but he lives through his legacy of courage, integrity, compassion. I was one of the fortunate to have met Mandela on several occasions.
From a Christian point of view, Nelson Mandela combined justice and reconciliation like no other political leader of his time, shaped by the spiritual formation of 27 years in prison. Mandela's life has blessed the world with courage and hope.
Every so often God chooses the best man for the job. Nelson Mandela was the right man at the right place and time in history. His legacy is secure as the man who broke the chains of Apartheid.
Tata Madiba. Looking at how every single South African, of every age, income, race and creed has united to mourn for you and celebrate you, we can almost say that your walk has been completed. Rest in peace.
Nelson Mandela has died. We extend our condolences to his family and his nation well. And, we stop and reflect on what he has taught us both as a person and as a part of a social movement.
For the past 32 years the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) has brought together authors, publishers, families and literary enthusiasts.
As a lifelong educator, equipping a bus with computers and taking it to underserved areas was no more heroic than anything else I had done. All I did was identify a problem and pitch in and help.
On this day following the great Madiba's passing, it is to all of us to recommit to furthering his legacy, to work to create a world that rests on the assumption that all human beings are born equal.
Dear revisionists, Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail... Well, try hard as you like, and you'll fail. Because Mandela was about politics and he was about race and he was about freedom and he was even about force, and he did what he felt he had to do and given the current economic inequality in South Africa he might even have died thinking he didn't do nearly enough of it.