Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black president and the symbol of the anti-apartheid movement has passed away. Through untiring and ever vigilant efforts, Mandela would work through the hardest circumstances, including 27 years in prison to see apartheid end in South Africa. Because of his work, Mandela was a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and elected as his country’s first Black President.
Nelson Mandela represents the virtues of those who work tireless to bring equality and justice to his country. He is quoted as saying “People tend to measure themselves by external accomplishments, but jail allows a person to focus on internal ones; such as honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, generosity and an absence of variety,” These values continued to show through his work fighting against apartheid in jail and the changes he tried implementing when he became president of his country.
What we can take from Nelson Mandela’s passing is that these virtues are important for accomplishing important changes in government and in society. The immigration reform movement stands for the kind of change that is necessary to benefit all Americans. The impact immigration has on our lives and in our communities is the kind of change that Mandela would strive for because of how many people and communities are affected by the changes that are truly needed. Let us follow Mandela’s example and continue to implore, to speak out, and to actively call on our government to pass immigration reform that Americans have been asking for.