About an hour ago it was announced that Nelson Mandela, a great leader and champion of social justice and equality, died tonight at age 95. I’d already been writing my peppy, typically-superficial blog post about The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who happened to be attending the London premiere of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” a film about South Africa’s first black president.
The audience, which included two of Mandela’s daughters, was told of his death after the film credits, at which point everyone observed a moment of silence. Prince William released a statement from the theater, saying, “I just wanted to say it’s extremely sad and tragic news. We were just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. It’s very sad.”
I can post pretty pictures of the Royal couple tomorrow; tonight I’d like to honor Mandela’s extraordinary life; here is the NYT obituary. Here’s to Nelson Mandela’s legacy and here’s hoping that the world, which needs as much help as it can get, continues to try to live by his example.