Remembering Mandela, South Africa’s hero

One should remember how Mandela lived, not how he died

One should remember Nelson Mandela on how he lived, not how he died.

I remember back in 1990, when he was released from prison, on how it hit me. Then on being elected president of South Africa. How he changed conditions for all people.

He got a hero’s welcome on his visits to the U.S.A. (I lived in the U.S.A. for the longest time.)

For this aboriginal, you would expect his heroes would be Poundmaker, Sitting Bull and Geronimo and Jay Silverheels. Not so. This aboriginal’s heroes have been blacks, like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and yes, Nelson Mandela.

I have a lot of black friends down in the U.S.A. I love black people. I have the utmost respect for black people. Black is beautiful.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Mandela family and to the people of South Africa.

Harvey Andrew