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Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”  Nelson Mandela

I will mourn the loss of one of this world’s most inspirational leaders.  His beliefs and the way that he lived his life were a testimony of his effort to educate those around the world through the example he set by spreading the idea of democracy, freedom, and equal rights for all human beings throughout the world.

Mandela was known worldwide as a teacher, political prisoner, civil rights activist, freedom fighter, the first black President of South Africa, father, and husband. His fight was for all people no matter what their ethnicity, race, creed, religion, etc. He believed that everyone should live their lives by respecting and enhancing the freedom of others!

The leadership style and the way that Nelson Mandela lived his life has shown me that helping others and being a servant leader are the way that I want to live my life. I will be forever grateful for those lessons learned by this great man. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” Mandela stated.

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Monumental day in History! November 22, 2013

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”                                                                               John F. Kennedy

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Today, November 22nd, marks the 50th anniversary since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  He continues to be seen as one of history’s most prominent figures.  He held his office for 1,000 days and to this day he has been thought to have been one of the best men to have occupied the Oval Office.

President Kennedy was the youngest and first Roman Catholic President to be elected and when he was sworn in on January 20, 1961 he was 43 years and 236 days old but he was also the youngest to die as President. During his inaugural Address he made one of the most pointed statements: “Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.”

Before his death, he made great strides in the cause of equal rights, called for new civil rights legislation because he felt that America should be a vital society through the quality of national culture and the role of the arts.  He wanted America to refocus itself as the first nation dedicated to the revolution of human rights.  He worked through the Alliance for Progress and the Peace Corps to bring our country’s ideals to the aid of developing nations.

These are the ideas and ideals that I remember my parents discussing in the years following his assassination.  His thoughts on the service of country have been a firm foundation for me through the years. We will never quite know what more JFK could have offered to our country and her people but I know that he was responsible for so many positive changes.  The sky was the limit and he did soar during his short time in office.