Today, the whole world mourns the departure of a great man; a man who, for many of us, is considered a gift to humanity. The man that I speak of is non other than, "Nelson Mandela". Nelson Mandela was not an ordinary man. He fought diligently against Apartheid/Racial Discrimination in South Africa, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he fought to make the world we live in a better place. Nelson Mandela was a courageous individual that transformed not only South Africa, he transformed the entire world in which we live today. He sacrificed his life by being jailed for 27 years so that others, like you and I could live free from racial injustice.
Despite the difficulties, he became his own comeback as he was elected as the first black president of South Africa in 1994. Today, tomorrow and forever, we celebrate this "Giant Icon" who is an inspiration to millions around the world. No matter one's sex, race, origin or religion, he was and will always be an inspiration. Nelson Mandela leaves with us his legacy, and his legacy is one that serves as a symbol of strength.
We, educators know very well the sacrifices that were made by those that came before us. It is because of individuals like Nelson Mandela, that we can proudly boost these words, "EVERY CHILD IS ENTITLED TO A FREE AND APPROPRIATE EDUCATION."
Thank you Mr. Mandela, you fought the good fight, there is no question that you undoubtedly came out victorious.