July 18 was Mandela Day, a day of commemorating the life of a great statesman who ushered in freedom in South Africa.
While many have held various events around the world, some have reminisced on the historic day in 2005 when Barack Obama, future first black President of the United States, met Mandela, the first black President of South Africa.
In fact, Obama once said that his first act of political activism was inspired by Mandela. He said: “I got involved in the anti-apartheid movement back in 1979-80 because I was inspired by what was taking place in South Africa.”
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Even while receiving his Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009, Obama paid tribute to Mandela: “Compared to some of the giants of history who’ve received this prize — Schweitzer and King, Marshall and Mandela — my accomplishments are slight.”
Former First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia Obama also got a chance to meet Mandela in 2011.
Although he departed in 2013, Mandela's legacy lives on. Happy Mandela Day!
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