Sarah Hager, Chair of the Southern Africa Co-Group, contributed to this post.
A few hours ago, the world learned of the passing of Nelson Mandela. There are few people in the world who inspired so much reverence and devotion. Through all he did to advance human rights issues, Mandela became a living symbol of love and forgiveness, perseverance and redemption.
Mandela’s courage helped change our entire world. His life of political struggle and self-sacrifice became, and remains, an example to millions around the globe. His name is now synonymous with the struggle of people everywhere for freedom, equality and justice and is a reminder that we must stay determined to confront injustice.
Even though he is gone, what he stood for is eternal. He will continue to serve as a symbol and an inspiration and galvanize activists.
Tonight and in the days and weeks to come, we will all mourn the less of Nelson Mandela. But even though he is gone, what he stood for is eternal. His legacy will stand for generations. He will continue to serve as a symbol and an inspiration and galvanize activists to take injustice personally.
The greatest way we can honor him is to raise our voices to expose injustice, demand freedom for those unjustly imprisoned and value the rights of all people. Let Madiba inspire you. Take action for human rights and continue his work.