“Mother of the Na­tion” passes

South Florida Times - - OPINION - The Pas­sion of Win­nie.

given the name “Momma Africa” by the Congress of Racial Equal­ity (C.O.R.E.), but I had not ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing close to the tor­ture and suf­fer­ing en­dured by Win­nie.

I also had learned that she was my soror­ity sis­ter and had be­come a mem­ber of Delta Sigma Theta. That brought me even closer to her. She had be­come one of the two most sig­nif­i­cant black fe­male icons in my life with C. Delores Tucker. Beau­ti­ful! Bril­liant! Coura­geous! Car­ing! Fear­less! Faith­ful! What she ac­com­plished will be felt by gen­er­a­tions to come.

Ten years be­fore I went to Kenya, Mrs. Man­dela had won the Robert F. Kennedy Hu­man Rights Award and a few years later, she was awarded a Can­dace Award for Distin­guished Ser­vice from the Na­tional Coali­tion of 100 Black Women.

Then in 2007 there was an opera based on her life, en­ti­tled In 2011, Jen­nifer Hud­son played Madik­izela-Man­dela in the film Win­nie Man­dela. And in Jan­uary of this year (2018), ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia, the Uni­ver­sity Coun­cil and Uni­ver­sity Se­nate of Mak­erere Uni­ver­sity, Kampala, Uganda, awarded her an hon­orary Doc­tor of Laws (LLD) de­gree in recog­ni­tion of her fight against apartheid in South Africa.

So Win­nie Nomzano Madik­izela-Man­dela passed on with a newly awarded doc­tor­ate added to her var­i­ous other well-de­served awards. While the world her­alded her hus­band, Nel­son Man­dela, as the an­ti­a­partheid hero, she was also rec­og­nized as the force be­hind him and later in the fore­front of the strug­gle as she took his place when he was locked up be­hind those aw­ful prison walls.

God bless her. She was a true hero. South Africa went from an op­pres­sive apartheid sys­tem where the white mi­nor­ity ruth­lessly ruled over the black ma­jor­ity, to a democ­racy where ev­ery­one could vote - in part be­cause of her strength, courage, faith and re­silience. All of South Africa should honor her for­ever.

Rest in peace, my sis­ter. May the good Lord wel­come you with open arms as He says, “Ser­vant, well done. What you did for the least of them, you did for me.”

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