RIP Nelson Mandela

image of Nelson Mandela raising a fist of solidarity

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who has been ill for some time, has died at age 95. His New York Times obituary is here.
"Our nation has lost its greatest son," South African President Jacob Zuma said in a televised address on Thursday night, adding that Mr. Mandela had died at 8:50 p.m. local time. "His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him our love."

Mr. Zuma called Mr. Mandela's death "the moment of our greatest sorrow," and said that South Africa's thoughts were now with the former president's family. "They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free," he said.
What has always struck me most profoundly about Nelson Mandela was his determination to live a meaningful and expansive life, despite the pervasive attempts to deny him any kind of life at all.

My condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and admirers.

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