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Teaching Mandela

Teaching Mandela

When the news of Nelson Mandela’s death broke late yesterday, time stopped for millions of people all over the world. For me, it was a moment that I’ll never forget because, in that moment, I understood that another powerful voice for freedom, equality, and perseverance was suddenly (and forever) silent. So what next? What do we do to honor his memory? How do we make sure the next generation of children hear his message? How do we use his message to teach our students how to be forgiving, tolerant human beings? I do not have many answers, but I am hopeful that we can use Mr. Mandela’s wonderful spirit, power life story, and immeasurable leadership to inspire and develop a new generation of courageous and culturally competent people. A clear example of Mandela’s ability to influence and lead can be seen in the Morgan Freeman & Matt Damon 2009 movie, Invictus. The movie chronicles Mandela’s first term as President of South African, and his quest to unite the apartheid-torn land by enlisting the national rugby team during their mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. tlb


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About principalaim

Head of Lower School & Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Louisville Collegiate School
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