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Mandela had help from God during his long journey

HARRY ALFORD | 12/24/2013, 9:47 a.m. | Updated on 12/26/2013, 4:27 p.m.
Harry C. Alford

My brothers and sisters, we should have our children recite this in school. It is powerful!

Mandela became a great president. He truly united the nation. Forgiveness and reconciliation were his keys to a successful government. At his inauguration he reserved the front row seats for his former jailers. When the world championship rugby game was played in South Africa, he wore the uniform of the South African Spring Bok team and was the lead cheerleader. For the first time, both races united under one team and won the world championship (and shocked the world). He could have stayed president forever but, like our own George Washington, he set the mold with just one term. The success of democracy was his greatest concern.

South Africa secretly became a nuclear power but Mandela had it dismantled after he came to power. Economically, the nation is now a First World nation. There is still much poverty but improvement is ongoing and without a doubt, South Africa is the economic power of the African continent. Mandela led them to the “promised land.” For this he becomes a great leader in the minds of all rational people. I end by saying rest in peace dear brother and thank you for coming through.

Harry C. Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. His website is http://www.nationalbcc.org.