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Don King honors Nelson Mandela

News Desk | 12/12/2013, 9:45 a.m.
Don King with Nelson Mandela

Madiba was the man of the century. The living embodiment of love and reconciliation, not hatred, revenge and divisiveness, forgiveness not forgetfulness. Twenty-seven years imprisoned on Robben Island gave him faith, empowered love and a visionary view of reality, just as in John 9:25, it says, “I was blind but now I see!”

Nelson Mandela led the way in his struggle against apartheid, White dominance and against the concept of Black dominance. He was in favor of inclusiveness – Black and White alike – living together in the democratic process in harmony, democracy and equality.

He appointed me as Peace Ambassador with the mandate, “You did a lot for boxing, but you can do more for peace,” he said.

I love the man. But more importantly, I love what the man represented – love instead of hatred, inclusiveness instead of segregation and divisiveness, human equality instead of race supremacy.

The house he resided in (the body) is dead. His spirit lives on, leading us with the unfinished task of fulfilling the American prophecy – “One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all” … AMERICAN FREEDOM – WORLD PEACE.