“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
- Nelson Mandela
The U.N. recognizes today, July 18, as “Nelson Mandela International Day” in honor of the South African leader’s 93rd birthday. President Obama said yesterday that Mandela exemplifies “wisdom, strength and grace,” and called him a “beacon” for those who work for “democracy, justice and reconciliation.” From the Mandela Day website, it says:
The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”
—and the website shares 67 really fantastic ways for anyone to get involved and help in making a difference. Join here. Number one on the list is this:
1. Make a new friend. Get to know someone from a different cultural background. Only through mutual understanding can we rid our communities of intolerance and xenophobia.