”He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages,” President Obama says in remarks for Mandela.
As South Africa’s first democratic president, Nelson Mandela ushered in a new era of peace after decades of racial divisions and his own political imprisonment.
He was the country’s most potent symbol of unity, using the power of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday, guided South Africa through a period when a full race war seemed likely.
As an undergraduate, he led a push for Occidental College to rid itself of apartheid-related investments.