Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

Today the world has suffered a devastating loss. Nelson Mandela, the great political activist,  public servant, and global icon has passed away at 95-years-old surrounded by family at his home in South Africa.

The Nobel Prize recipient and former President of South Africa has battled numerous health issues recently including a severe lung infection over the past year. Although, there has been no official statement from his family the current South Africa President Jacob Zuma confirmed the news at a press conference:

"Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rohihla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. He passed on peacefully in the comfort of his home. He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost his greatest son. Our people have lost their father."

President Obama also issued a statement:

"We have lost one of the most influential, courageous & profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with. through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others-Madela transformed South Africa. His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. My first political action was a protest against apartheid. I studied his words and his writings. The day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when guided by their hopes rather than fears."

When you think of Nelson Mandela you think of struggle and triumph. He fought for many years and ultimately sacrificed his freedom to abolish South Africa's legacy of Apartheid, to end racial segregation in the country, and promote peace and equality through South Africa. He eventually became a more physical activist and founded an military to fight against the government who constantly killed innocent South African citizens. He was eventually imprisoned for 17 years for being an anti-Apartheid activist and sabotaging/conspiring to overthrow the government. He was freed at age 75 and went on to become the first black President of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela was such an amazing person. His legacy for non-violence and fighting for equality will definitely live on. We here at THE SASS will definitely keep his family in our prayers. Our hearts are very heavy right now. The world has truly lost a great man! 

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