The world lost a great man when Nelson Mandela passed. This man was an example of courage and strength of character to many, regardless of ethnic heritage or social standing. His resolve never faltered, carrying him from political prisoner to the architect of post-apartheid South Africa, and a source of great wisdom to us all.
Few people of his stature had such humble beginnings. Rolihlahla “Nelson” Mandela was born July 18th, 1918 in a small village. In 1925 he began primary school. Unable to pronounce his African name, his teacher opted to call him Nelson after British naval hero Admiral Horatio Nelson. Two years later, his father died and he became the ward of the Tembu regent, Paramount Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo. Hard to believe that this boy would grow to be the man to usher in one of the greatest periods of social reform on the planet.