“Difficulties break some men but make others…” begins one of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s greatest quotes. It’s one of the many gifts of encouragement Mandela has left his admirers around the world.
A life-long defender of justice, the South African former President began his career in law co-founding South Africa’s black law firm and in political activism helping shape the national governing party, the African National Congress.
Although Mandela’s efforts in fighting to end his country’s apartheid laws imprisoned him for 27 years at age 45, his plights for justice gained continuous attention through the press worldwide and eventually garnered his freedom on February 11, 1990 at age 72.
In 1994, he became the nation’s first black President where he unified a country torn apart by race and hatred through civility and love. The man affectionately called “Madiba” by his countrymen passed at the age of 95 on December 5, 2013.
Several journalists have taken to their Twitter accounts to express their sorrow at Mandela’s passing:
Thewrap.com lists the tv networks that will be covering Nelson Mandela’s passing in the upcoming days.
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Sadiyyah Rice is the digital intern for the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force, recording secretary for the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists and producer and editor for Higher Education Channel Television (HEC-TV).