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Africare's former Honorary Chair, Nelson Mandela
Africare's former Honorary Chair, Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela: A Life Upright

Nelson Mandela possessed a monumental backbone.He wrote in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, that he liked to think he inherited his father’s “straight and stately posture.” He was right. Mandela stood up perfectly straight – over six feet tall – and in every way nobly towered over his adversaries. He firmly demanded his own and others’ rights whenever they were withheld, never blinking in the face of intimidation. He was principled. He considered matters thoroughly, so he acted with poise and with full knowledge of the possible consequences, however grave.

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