An extensive digital archive documenting former South African President Nelson Mandela’s life has been launched on the internet.
Almost 2,000 entries have been made available for scholars and researchers.
Images of the cell on Robben Island, near Cape Town, in which he spent many of his 27 years in jail are among the material stored on the archive.
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.
Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man made, and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of Justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and human life.
Don’t wait for any Mandela. Don’t wait for any Gandhi and don’t wait for any King. You have to be your own Mandelas. You have to be your own Gandhis, and you have to be your own King. You know your own issues, you know your own priorities, and you know how to address them. Stand up, step out, and work for your own peace.
— 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Leymah Gbowee on her work encouraging Liberian women to vote and to halt soldiers preying on women. (via daffodilsocialism
It always seems impossible until it’s all done.
Massive poverty and obscene inequality…rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils. In this new century, millions of people…remain imprisoned, enslaved, and in chains. They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade and it can be overcome….Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. We thank you for coming here today. Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom. Of course the task will not be easy. but not to do this would be a crime against humanity, against which I ask all humanity now to rise up.