Nelson Mandela’s legacy is one of hope in the innate goodness of humanity and inspiration for everyone to believe in the power of forgiveness. While we all mourn the loss of “our greatest son, as South African president, Jacob Zuma stated when he announced the tragic news, we smile knowing that Mandela’s life was not in vain. He lived to inspire the world and will continue to inspire, even in death.
Many celebrities and dignitaries have been reacting to Mandela’s death, and we got our hands on some pretty moving videos of celebs and dignitaries like Idris Elba, Reverend Al Sharpton, Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and anti-Apartheid activist, Jeanette Carlson, among many others, sharing their stories on how Mandela’s life inspired them. Take a look:
“I think he’s one of the most influential people of our generation, one of the most important stories of our generation.” “Nelson Mandela” in “Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom” Idris Elba
“I’m inspired by Nelson Mandela because he represents the symbol of forgiveness, which was healing not just to South Africa, but a gift to the rest of the world as well.”
“Winnie Mandela” in “Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom” Naomi Harris
“Everything humanly possible you could do to someone, other than kill them, they did, yet he maintained his dignity and determination. And then [he] forgave them for what they did. That’s why Nelson Mandela reached a level and a class all to himself.” -Reverend Al Sharpton
“The world will never forget Nelson Mandela because he changed what could have been a war with millions killed, into a situation where understanding peace and rebuilding would take the place of destruction, war and killing.” –Anti-Apartheid Activist Jeanette Carlson
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"