“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ― Nelson Mandela
Freedom Day is the commemoration of the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. These were the first post-apartheid national elections to be held in South African where anyone could vote regardless of race.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.
We are in the beginning of mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
I have fallen into the silence
of a universal beat,
feeling the upheaval
of things obsolete…
I’ve been moved by the cry
to save our world from greed
watching as the children, bravely intercede…
I’m one with the unfolding
of sacred beliefs,
calling the mystics
to rise up and speak…
in the very beginning
love formed the void,
how close we’re coming to our earth being destroyed…
there’s a new awakening in this epoch of truth,
be like sages
and give them back their youth…
“Our children are our greatest treasure.”
Youth Day is a day South Africans pay tribute to the youth that was ambushed by the apartheid regime police in Soweto on 16 June 1976. On June 16, 1976, thousands of black students gathered to protest from their schools to Orlando Stadium. … Hundreds of students were killed as a result
“Nelson Mandela’s birthday is today, and the call is out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world.”
So today in honor of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, people around the world are giving 67 minutes of their time to help another person. It’s a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.
In the streets of the city
his light radiates,
in the hearts of our nation
his truth permeates.
Father of Africa,
your legacy survived,
we lift each other’s burdens,
so love can arise!
*The meaning of Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika (Xhosa) is “God (Lord) Bless Africa”