Happy Birthday, Madiba!


As a child, when I learned about a man being kept in prison in South Africa for doing the right thing, I was perplexed. I suppose it sometimes takes to child to see an easy solution. When I was a bit older, the whole thing kind of blew up in South Africa. It was the artists who told the world…who sang to the world in hopes somebody would eventually come to their senses. So…it was then that I realized CHILDREN & ARTISTS. These are the people who should inherit the world.

Today is that man’s birthday. The man who languished in jail for 27 years would eventually become president of the country in which he was jailed…and father/brother/husband/friend/uncle to the world. His legacy is perhaps the most profound legacy of any human in history. He has given humanity a desire for betterment. He gave birth to a flower that has become a wellspring of hope.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on this day in 1918. Today, he is 95. Happy happy birthday!

Stop what you’re doing at some time today. Consider the injustices still being carried out in the world today–In third-world nations and in your own backyard. It is when we say NOTHING that we allow these injustices to remain. Do something. One person can make all the difference in the world (and to the world). Nelson Mandela has proven that. Go forth…and be good! And do good…

By Kevin Craig

Author, Poet, Playwright. Author of The Camino Club, Billions of Beautiful Hearts, and Book of Dreams, all from Duet Books, the LGBTQ Young Adult imprint of Chicago Review Press. Other books: Pride Must Be A Place, Half Dead & Fully Broken, Burn Baby Burn Baby, The Reasons, Sebastian's Poet, and Summer on Fire.

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