“We dedicate this day to all heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free.” Nelson Mandela
April 27 1994
This is the date of South Africa’s first democratic national elections following Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.
The world waited with bated breath for the country to descend into chaos, or worse; war.
It did not happen. Grace prevailed.
Apartheid fell and with it the racist, oppressive rule which sought to completely separate the different races.
Mandela forgave his oppressors, even including them in his inner circle as the newly elected President. Forgiveness triumphed over judgment and set this nation on a path towards success.
Mandela became a world-wide figure for his grace and forgiveness. He led a nation off the path of hatred and towards freedom.