|The Manatee County NAACP mourns the loss of a great human being, Mr. Nelson Mandela, who is to be remembered as greatest champion for civil and human rights. The Manatee County NAACP Branch will pay special tribute to Mr. Mandela during our annual meeting, Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6:30 PM, 13th Avenue Dream Center, 922 24th Street East, Bradenton, FL .
When faced and confronted with violence and oppression, Mr. Mandela served as a peaceful crusader for freedom and justice.
He and the NAACP shared a common goal—working to eliminate racism and racial and ethnic disparities in our two countries. His long fight and unbeatable spirit inspired us to continue the fight here at home for civil rights. For 20 years, Mandela directed peaceful, nonviolent acts of defiance against the South African government and its racist policies, including the 1952 Defiance Campaign and the 1955 Congress of the People. In 1961, Mandela, who was formerly committed to nonviolent protest, began to believe that armed struggle was the only way to achieve change. He subsequently co-founded Umkhonto we Sizwe, also known as MK, an armed offshoot of the ANC dedicated to sabotage and guerilla war tactics to end apartheid. In 1961, Mandela orchestrated a three-day national workers’ strike. He was arrested for leading the strike the following year, and was sentenced to five years in prison. In 1963, Mandela was brought to trial again. This time, he and 10 others were sentenced to life imprisonment for political offenses, including sabotage. Mandela spent over 20 years and
Words cannot adequately express our sorrow, but we will endeavor to keep his vision alive as we continue the fight for equality and justice for all.
We can only join his family, his nation, and people the world over in mourning the passing of the great Nelson Mandela.
His words will forever echo in our hearts, in our minds, and in the collective mission of our movement: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”