Mature Mandela Rose Above Situations
There are eleven things most people do not know about Nelson Mandela. He is respected in death for his reasoning, understanding and tact. He was a bit brash, made some mistakes, but never let bitterness cloud his judgement or ability to handle any situation. Lesser men would have been embittered but Mandela persevered, became President of South Africa and like George Washington, stepped down. Like Washington, he too could have been "like a King" with all the powers but probably not the title,"King". He will be remembered for his smile and tact and the Nobel Prize he shared with F.W. de Klerk, the last apartheld president.
I. Nelson Mandela's tribal nickname was "Rolihlahla," which means "Troublemaker." (1)The word is from "pull a club branch off a tree" and should you do that, you want to "wack" or hit somebody.
II. Mandela was expelled from college after less than a year.
After finishing boarding school Rolihlahla went directly to Fort Hare (Rabbit) Missionary College. Less than 12 months later, he was expelled from the extinguished university for helping to organize a strike against the alleged white colonial rule of the institution. Whites founded the college but blacks wanted to run it. Was this a sign that Mandela was revolting? Modern day taxpayers know the old addage about the "inmates running the asylum because nowadays an "inmate" from another major city gets rotated by the Democrats to run a major city into the ground. Detroit, Houston, Las Angeles, and Seattle got its "lesson in liberality" in 1970 but recovered. Other cities are not as lucky as Seattle, especially Detroit which STILL has liberals wanting to spend large amounts of money they do not have on public transportation that is unwise, unnecessary, and serves only a small percentage of the remaining population that has not fled Detroit.
State Senator Mark Mallory won the election for mayor of Cincinnati.
III. Karl Marx got Earth Day (2)which was the day much later the BP associated rig was accidented in the Gulf of Mexico. Ironically the UN Resolution 46664 and the Nelson Mandela Foundation called for the establishment of worldwide Mandela Day when the United Nations decreed his birthday, July 18, as Mandela Day in 2009.
Mandela had been South Africa's former President, and his values, through volunteering and community service were remembered so that people should donate 67 minutes of unselfishly doing something for others, noting the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the anti-apartheid movement which got a lot of blacks and whites killed over a period of time doing "conflict resolution" which often meant for communist-influenced people to kill their opposition via necklacing.
IV. Mandela was sometimes called Madiba which was his Xhosa clan name.
Mandela was a member of the Thembu, a Xhosa clan, and is often referred to by his clan name, Madiba. It is a sign of the incredible diversity of people and languages in South Africa which has eleven  different official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. About 16% or more speak also unofficial ones including sign language.(4)
V. Nelson Mandela's father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, had four wives, and Nelson is one of 13 children.
Mandela's father, a former local chief of town of Mvezo and councellor to the Thembu king, died from tuberculosis [TB] when his son was 9. He fathered 13 children by four wives, four boys and nine girls. After his father's death, Mandela was put under the guardianship of Jongintaba, the Thembu regent. Some people write that Nelson Mandela came to earth in 1918, later the son, in 1946. Although said to be a polygamist, the father's son Mandela was a Christian with only Evelyn (Winnie) Mase as his wife.(5)
VI. Mandela received more than 250 awards during his long life for his accomplishments. In 1993, Mandela shared the Nobel Peace Prize with F.W. de Klerk, last president of the apartheid government of South Africa because he is also widely credited as influential in putting an end to apartheid in South Africa. Nelson Mandela has also received over 50 honorary degrees from international universities worldwide, was chosen as the first honorary Canadian citizen in 2001, and awarded the final Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union (U.S.S.R. or C.C.C.P.) which still did not besmerch and sully his reputation. Angela Y. Davis received a "Lenin" in 1973 after her trial in 1972 due to being arraigned on charges of murder, conspiracy, and kidnapping, related to an escape attempt that resulted in at least four people killed and two with serious injuries.(6) Famous Quotes by Mandela:
"To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
Obama would say:,"To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live off others and spread the wealth a way that respects and enhances the freedom of your group because the government needs to take it from these who have too much and give it to those who have less and thus pay no taxes which means that they are more free and the more we tax the rich the more we feel like we have our foot on their necks, and that feels GOOD."
"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."
Obama would say:," Resentment is like drinking poison so we want our enemies to resent our foot on their neck extracting taxes and then it is fun hoping enough resentment in our enemies will kill our enemies after they pay enough taxes that we are not paying at all."
VII. (Formerly Little) Stevie Wonder dedicated his 1985 Oscar for "I Just Called to Say I Love You" to Nelson Mphakanyiswa Mandela.
When Stevie got his Oscar pronouncing honor on Nelson Mandela, the government-owned South African Broadcasting Corporation [S.A.B.C.] banned Stevie Wonder music from the being broadcasted. only after Mandela was elected President in 1994 that Stevie Wonder was finally allowed back in South Africa for concerts or airplay.
VIII. Reaching age 95, Nelson Mandela easily outlived his two oldest sons. The father of six childern, Mandela tragically lost his two oldest sons when Thembi died in a car crash at age 25 and another son died of AIDS in 2005 at the age of 54. Mandela was in prison at the time of the first eldest son's death and thus was unable to attend the funeral. As President, Mandela's administration was highly criticized for not doing enough to fight the AIDS epidemic in South Africa, but Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Foundation in 1999 after his retirement to assist in fighting the spread of AIDS.
IX. Nelson Mandela ran away from the Thembu regent's home in 1941 at age of 19 when his guardian attempted to arrange a marriage. As a runaway in Johannesburg, Mandela got a job as a night watchman at Crown Mines, but was soon fired for being a runaway, probably wanted by the police.
X. Nelson Mandela was quartered his first night after being released from prison in Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's home. He had been arrested and convicted for being an anti-government strike leader/ringleader/provocateur following activism in 1962-1964. His first meal outside prison may have been chicken curry, rice and green salad, with dessert of rum raisin ice cream and custard.
XI. Nelson Mandela was born 18 July 1918 - died after a long illness on 5 December 2013)
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