Want something that will make your heart soar on this sad day? Check out this video of Nelson Mandela joining South African musician Johnny Clegg onstage. (Clegg formed the first integrated rock band in that country in the 1970s and was jailed himself for collaborating with black musicians in his adopted homeland.) Our pop music writer Randy Lewis has more on this glorious moment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGS7SpI7obY
The death of former South African President Nelson Mandela brought swift and heartfelt reaction from members of Congress, many of whom had personally interacted with the anti-apartheid leader, and others who were inspired in their own public service by his life from afar.
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) called Mandela "an unrelenting voice for democracy."
"Mandela led his countrymen through times of epic change with a quiet moral authority that directed his own path from prisoner to president,” Boehner said. “He passes this world as a champion of peace and racial harmony."
Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, the Democratic minority leader, said Mandela’s long life is “a story of courage, a triumph over fear, a whole-hearted faith in the power, promise and possibility of the human spirit.”
“May his story long remind us to always look forward with optimism to the future,” she said.
I covered Nelson Mandela in 1990 when he came to U.S. soon after release from prison. Probably the greatest man I have ever, ever met.
12/6/2013 1:32:38 AMReneLynch
Nelson Mandela's given name, Rolihlahla, translates as "tree shaker" or "troublemaker." He was named Nelson by his teacher on the first day of school, but most South Africans, including those closest to him, called him simply Madiba, the name of his clan and a term of affection and respect. More at LATimes.com
An irritable man who got cross when he couldn’t have his favorite brand of mineral water? A fusser who obsessively folded his daily newspapers just so, who got annoyed if things weren’t lined up in their precise order? An aloof man who nonetheless flirted with any pretty young woman he met?
Could these accounts really tally with one of the world’s most beloved men, Nelson Mandela?
In his lifetime, Mandela always insisted that he wasn’t a saint, and by all accounts was quite irritated with the gilded view of him as an almost mystical figure.
Nelson Mandela was a champion for justice & human dignity, with unmatched grace. I'll remember him as Madiba, truly an unconquerable soul.
12/6/2013 1:44:19 AMReneLynch
In his final days, Nelson Mandela lay in a sterilized bedroom rigged as an intensive care unit. A team of doctors attended to him around the clock. But from his deathbed, his daughter said, Mandela was still "teaching us lessons; lessons in patience, in love, lessons of tolerance: latimes.com (Kim Ludbrook / European Pressphoto Agency)
The powerful new movie chronicling Nelson Mandela's journey to freedom broke box-office records when it opened in South Africa over the weekend. Here, actor Idris Elba portrays the iconic leader in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." (The Weinstein Co.)
12/6/2013 1:58:30 AMReneLynch
Nelson Mandela is shown here with a copy of his 2010 book, "Conversations with Myself." But a new book is on the way: British publishing company Opus Media on Tuesday launched the"Nelson Mandela Opus," an 850-page tome on his life that will be released next year. The limited-edition book will weigh more than 80 pounds. Opus books generally sell for several thousand dollars each.( Debbie Yazbek / Nelson Mandela Foundation )