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65 Responses to Mandela Memorial RSVP 7

  • Beverly Humphries Jones says:

    I was in South Africa for a project sponsored by USAID to assist young black youths with higher education. Nelson Mandela gave those young people the vision and hope they needed to move forward after aparteid. He is my hero for the 20th century. I also treasure the wisdom and humor he and Bishop Tutu shared.

  • Candida DeLuise says:

    My daughter is married to a South African man, my granddaughter was born in Capetown. My daughter and her husband
    started a community theater program for young people in the townships outside of Capetown. Nelson Mandela is our hero,
    and we would very much like to honor his life by attending the memorial. Thank you so much!
    with heartfelt wishes,
    Candida DeLuise

  • shann ann purinton says:

    I went to South Africa to learn more about Mandela and to visit his jail cell. While I will honor him with my actions, I would also like to honor him more formally at the National Cathedral service.

  • Janice Glenn Kershaw says:

    I am blessed to have lived to see the world transformed by the spirit of forgiveness of one man who had every reason to be bitter. The world is a better place because of Nelson Mandela. His work is done, his body tired, but his spirit lives on for generations to come.

  • Karen says:

    I had the opportunity to hear him speak at University of Maryland years ago. It was one of the most inspiring and surreal experiences I’ve ever had. May he rest in peace.

  • karenemi gabrielle sugihara says:

    in rememberance of mr mandela…I cannot think of a better reason to visit our beautiful national cathedral than to pay respect and honor this remarkable man…

  • In 1998 I completed a portrait of Nelson Mandela which I presented to him at a luncheon before he received his Congressional Gold Medal, it hangs in the Consulate. It will be such an honor to attend his Memorial Service.

  • Joyce Rice says:

    Dear Sir: You were such an inspiration to so many throughout the world. The legacy you have left for the people of South Africa will live on forever. We shall miss you dearly.
    Joyce Rice-Saunders and John Saunders

  • Myra Johnson says:

    I would love to pay my respects to Madiba Mandela. His life was so inspiring to all of us black, brown, white. He showed us much love so I would like the opportunity to show him love back

  • Bené Durant says:

    In 1990 Mr . Mandela came to my job at the time, Black Enterprise Magazine, for an interview with the editors. I was able to see him and I will always remember his quiet dignity and his big smile.
    My condolences to his family, the people of South Africa, and all the people who fight for peace and freedom.

  • Leanne Smith Nurse says:

    My late husband, Joseph Louis (1943-2009), worked in South Africa to support the ANC. He always said that the greatest moment of his life was meeting Nelson Mandela. It is my great honor to participate in this memorial service for Madiba and to renew the struggle for justice.

  • Irene Jilson says:

    It would be the greatest honor to celebrate the life of Madiba Mandela, a hero to so many. Years ago, as part of the early movement to end apartheid in South Africa, it seemed a distant dream, but because of the steadfast courage of Madiba, it came true for his beloved country. He continued to be an inspiration for others, from Catholics in Northern Ireland to Palestinians to girls in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, throughout his life. His inspiration will continue for generations to come.

  • As a daughter of slaves, I know what it is to be a slave. I have witnessed what Madiba fought for, for many year’s and he won. I can’t do what he had done but I hope those who want to use people as slaves can learn from this man. Madiba has been everything to me and I will never erase him out of my heart. Asalam madiba, rest in peace.

  • Sammie Whiting-Ellis says:

    Mankind is elevated in our humanity because he lived !
    Rev . Wyatt T. Walker made it possible for me to be in this giant of a man,s presence when he came to New York . We as a people can’t sit and let this fight and the victory we celebrate be displaced by the Tea Party Plan in the US and the extremeist elements who would deny “One Man, One Vote “!
    This sacrifice for his people and the world demands that we as a people stand for these principles as he did !

  • Patricia Flederman says:

    Thank you, Madiba, and all South Africans inspired to action by you and who inspired you. Your steel will, discipline, and strategic brilliance saved us all. You once said you sometimes felt life had passed you by. We will never know the sacrifice and we will always be in debt. Its so hard to let you go.

  • Sammie Whiting-Ellis says:

    I would appreciete 2 tickets for the Washington National Cathedral Memorial Services.
    Sammie Whiting-Ellis.

  • Jessie Marinda Harpole says:

    I became an officer in the U.S Foreign Service in 1995. after years of political activism in the Washington area, including active support for the Free South Africa Movement. When it became time for first assignments, my mentors in the Service recognized how important it would be for me to serve in South Africa one year after Nelson Mandela was elected President. I spent the next four years in Johannesburg. My most indelible memory is of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission’s work, which would never have been possible without the great heart of Madiba. He taught us how good it is possible for a human being to be, if we follow the better angels of our natures.

  • Alicia says:

    Praise God for a wonderful leader.A man of courage, strength, and wisdom. I pray we all can display those attributes.

  • Gorkie Balthazar says:

    His spirit and legacy will live on!
    I would like to request two tickets for the Memorial at the National Memorial Cathedral.

  • Dr. Ronald Quincy says:

    I met Madiba a number of times–both in South Africa and the USA. I traveled with him from the US to SA in preparation for the first democratic elections. I was privileged to dine at his home. And got to know his family well (both prior to his release from prison, and after). His legacy is both personal to me, and institutional. As a global icon for all times, his leadership style will be the paradigm for all freedom fighters, for all times in history. I have been teaching an honors student seminar on leadership for the past several years at Rutgers university. President Mandela and Dr. MLKing, Jr. are the central voices of lessons of leadership. The world community will miss this great man–but live off of his remarkable lessons to us all–hold fast your values; courage; and never give-in to in justices.

  • Cheryl Smith says:

    I love South Africa. I first visited the country in 2004 as I was a Global Volunteer for Habitat Humanity Lesotho. My visit to Lesotho would take me to South Africa as a transportation route. Upon my completion of Habitat assignment, I went to South Africa on my own visiting all three capitols, Blufentein, Pretoria and Johannesburg. I was able to visit Nelson and Winnie Mandela home amongst the other fascinating experiences I had.

    I visited the country again in 2008 taking my eldest aunt with me where we stayed at a wonderful Bed & Breakfast in Soweto.

    I love the legacy, love, humility Madiba left us. Rest in Peace Father of South Africa, rest in peace.

  • Thanks to Mr. Nelson Mandela, and those many who helped to free him, we who believe in freedom and equal rights will continue the fight for justice in our lives as he did in his. We in Washington, DC commit ourselves to the fight for DC Statehood. We must end the political apartheid that continues to hurt the 632,000 people living in the nation’s capital. Free DC! Statehood NOW!

  • Beverly Ezeokoli says:

    As a student in the university I came to Washington DC from Connecticut to march and rally for the release of Mandela when he was in prison. When he was released and came to Yankee Stadium in NY I was there. I visited Capetown and went to Robben Island to see where he spent most of his prison time and was very sad. I also visited Pollsmoor prison and saw many young black men there. My happy moment was when Mandela was released and became President of South Africa. He was an amazing man who sacrificed so much. Mandela you will be missed so much, You left an indelible mark on my life, and You will never be forgotten. You are now with others let Steven Biko know that he will never be forgotten also.

  • Margaret McEvoy says:

    Madiba you will be missed by millions across the globe. I am humbled to have seen you in South Africa many years ago. It would be an honor to attend your memorial service at the National Cathedral.

  • Sharon Foster says:

    Nelson Mandela: When a Giant Falls

    The earth rumbles and groans The winds whistle in despair The seas stand still The inhibitors weep Yet, the Gods above look down and smile

    When a Giant falls A recording of the record is read out loud Who was this Giant? What great things did he do? Why does the earth rumble and groan so?

    He was what Martin L. King Jr. was to America ….Mahatma Gandhi was to India ….Yitzhak Rabin was to Israel ….Benazir Bhutto was to Pakistan ….Steven Biko was to South Africa

    He was a: Revolutionary Activist Humanitarian Visionary Political Prisoner South Africans simply call him, “the Father of the Nation”

    Why then, Why do the Gods look down and smile when a Giant falls?

    Because they know it is not the end
    For every time a Giant falls, That same day, somewhere, One is being born

    By: Sharon Foster ©

  • Theresa Roscoe says:

    Mr. Nelson Mandela was and will always be one of the most forgiving human beings to ever grace this earth. His intense courage and fortitude to pursue liberty for all South Africans was destiny. Through discipline, strength and determination he suffered much to benefit everyone in the nation of his beloved South Africa. Only those close to him could know the pain he really endured. I pray that in his life he truly felt the love and adoration so many like myself held dear in our hearts for him. His smile and dignity will be in my memory always. Rest in eternal peace, Dear Mr. Mandela.

  • Julie says:

    I honor this unconquerable soul who experienced the best and worst of humanity and demonstrated nearly unfathomable courage, foregiveness, wisdom, love, humor and self-sacrifice, truly a captain of his soul, shaker of trees and all too rare bright light among us.

  • To give God thanks and honor Nelson Mandela’s life and the fruits of his labor would be and is a blessing.

    My mother’s and grandmother’s houses were safe houses for the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his sergeants. It was from there as a young child experiencing the struggle and fruits of liberation that God brought life changing impressions that would direct my life. In 1998 I was ordained in direct lineage of Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Rev. Dr. Milton Reid. It is from this history that I see God’s glory in the life of this great leader of people, Nelson Mandela. I would appreciate getting two tickets.

  • We give thanks to God for blessing our lives with this example of strength , dedication and love. Nelson Mandela touched us all with the great works of peace and determination. It would be wonderful to have two tickets.

  • Denise says:

    President Mandela was a hero to me, a beacon of what living our best life could be. I am grateful to have lived through this time to know his journey, and to help the South Africans through American college students divestiture pressure achieve a free and democratic society. O captain! My captain! May the Lord bless him and keep him.

  • I represent many people from about 20 African and Caribbean nations who have been greatly impacted by the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. It would be a great honor to attend this memorial service on behalf of my congregants. May Mandela’s example and legacy live on in many people around the world.

  • Gertie says:

    Because of Nelson Mandela I can understand the true meaning of forgiveness and to not let anything hinder me from my purpose and goals. A life worth lived, a bright light has been dimmed but will still resonate in our hearts for years to come. Could I please have 2 tickets. Thank you.

  • Kath says:

    Mr. Mandela’s life is an inspiration to people throughout the world. His character and actions changed lives and changed history. The demonstrations of respect and love for this giant of a man by governments and people of every race, nationality, religion and station around the world are heart warming and greatly deserved.

    I offer my sincere sympathies to Mr. Mandela’s wife, his children, his entire family, as well as the people of South Africa.

  • Margo Jackson Spencer says:

    To the Mandela family:

    Thanks Madiba. Your life was a source of change to the entire road. God Bless you and your family! R.I.P.

  • Debra Bumbrah says:

    Through discipline, strength and determination he suffered much to benefit others in South Africa. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  • Jen Fenner says:

    I am a pastor and have already reaped the fruits of one of the sons of South Africa who was changed, in part, by the power of Mandela’s witness.

    Mandela was an extraordinary human being – both during the challenge of apartheid and incarceration and during challenge of power and fame.
    Few can stand through one of these.
    Fewer still can bear witness to integrity and truth through both

    Everything is impossible until it is done, Mandela said.
    So many more impossible things to be done…..

    rest in peace.
    Warrior and Prophet

    It is joy when God shows us plainly what is possible!

  • Jim Cawley says:

    I was saddened by the news of Mr. Mandela’s passing – not sad for him, because he is in a much better place, at rest and at peace – but saddened because with his passing we are left with a hole in the moral and ethical fabric of this world. I also find myself challenged – as we all must be challenged – what can I do, personally and collectively, to help mend that fabric and make it whole again.

    Shosholoza – the freedom of the people is a train that no one can stop!

  • Michelle Hutton says:


    Thank you for your profound example of humanity. I am grateful for the impact that you have had in the lives of millions of people throughout the world. May You Rest In Peace.

  • Eileen Guenther says:

    I am leaving in three weeks to lead my 7th group of Wesley Seminary students to South Africa. The challenges the country has faced with such dignity and the success they have had are a tribute to Mandela. Without him South Africa would be a very different place. For his sacritices and those of his comrades, I give thanks.

  • Nonkosi Mzamane says:

    My father, Prof Mbulelo Mzamane, along with my mother, Dr. Nthoana Tau-Mzamane worked tirelessly in exile for the liberation of our country, and continued to work closely with both the Mandela and Mbeki governments upon their return. It fills me with great sadness that I cannot return home to celebrate the life of this grandfather of our nation, however I would be honored to be able to share this honorable moment with my fellow South Africans and others from many nations in D.C. We, the next generation, should continue to strive to build a better South Africa. Our work is not done!

  • Walter M Smith says:

    Thanks Madiba
    Your Long Walk to Freedom
    Has Guided All of Humanity to a better life
    You will forever remain in Humankinds Prayers

  • Linda says:

    My heart goes out to the people of South Africa and indeed to all who struggle for peace and social justice. Mr Mandela remains and exemplar of grace, fortitude and wisdom.

  • Mary Terrell says:

    The life of H.E. Nelson Mandela is reflected of the words of Mother theresa, “Do what you can with what you have where you are.”

  • Zebiba Jibreel says:

    Ethiopia has a long history of supporting African countries and freedom fighters during their fight against colonialists. Mandela as well was trained how to be the commander-in-chief of the ANC in Ethiopia.
    Madiba in his own words said “Ethiopia has always held a special place in my own imagination, and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England, and America combined,” Mandela later wrote in his 1994 autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom.” “I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African.” This makes me feel honored and specially connected to this great human being. His legacy lives!

  • Nelson Mandela has established an example for political leaders that will endure for a very long time. He held his political convictions with integrity, and expressed them with great skill, knowing when to speak and when to conceal his feelings. His unconquerable spirit is evident in his time of incarceration, in his writings throughout that period, and in the hard work of reconciliation which followed his release. His humanity was never diminished and will long be the standard for those in and out of political life. His radiant smile will shine through the ages.

  • Adam E says:

    I am where I am today because of Nelson Mandela. I am who I am today because of him. Whether I am able to attend the memorial service or not, I will be paying my respects for many years to come.

  • I moved to the USA in 1988 as I was very involved in anti-apartheid activities in SA at the time and was afraid of arrest, as I had received threatening phone calls . I am a RN and was able to secure a job in California and finally in Washington DC.

    My 3 daughters live in Cape Town and my Son in NYC.

    I am hoping that this Gogo will be able to get a ticket for myself and my friend, Philip Screfer.

  • Cynthia says:

    From 1978 until 1990, I wore a small button that said Free Nelson Mandela on my bag, at all times. It started out as near folly and eventually it became reality. Nelson Mandela’s life will forever shine as a beacon to inspire humanity to dig deep to find and cultivate the best in ourselves. Our fight for freedom is not finished. We can be inspired to press on seeing the reward of persistence as the long arc of the moral universe bends towards justice. And at its core, justice is the love a community expresses towards its people. Rest in Peace Madiba, Nelson Mandela and love and thanksgiving to his family and country for sharing him with the world.

  • Cynthia says:

    t all times from 1978 until 1990, I wore a small button that said Free Nelson Mandela. This quiet personal vigil started out as near folly; eventually, it became reality through the tireless anti-apartheid work of millions round the world, in which I played a small but consistent part. Nelson Mandela’s life will forever shine as a beacon to inspire humanity to dig deeper to find and cultivate the best in ourselves. His life demonstrates the reward of persistence as the long arc of the moral universe bends towards justice. At its core, justice is the love a community expresses towards its people. Rest in Peace Madiba, Nelson Mandela and love and thanksgiving to his family and country for sharing him with the world.

  • Liz says:

    I want to send my condolenses to the family and the South African people. I was young during Madiba’s imprisonment and a little oldee when he was released. I remember the jubilee I felt the day they announced his release. It was as if a family member had been released. I remember crying with joy and hoping he lived long enough to enjoy his freedom, and he did. I was equally hurt to hear of his passing because I had just asked, as if he was family how is he havent heard anything. And then the news flash. Then I thought well he really can rest in peace now with the Lord on the right side of the Father and conversate. My wish did come true because each year he got older I would pray God let him live longer and he did. Though I wanted him to see one hundred god saw best. RIP. It would be an honor and a privilege to be a guest at the memorial. I feel like I lost my very own grandfather.

  • Mrs. Ellen Icochea says:

    The world has lost a true gentleman and leader. It is disturbing that Mr. Mandela lost 27 years on earth away from his family, friends and community. May he now rest in peace for eternity. It is my prayer that all leaders continue to read and view his works and require the same of their school systems. He should continue to be emulated like our own Presidents Washington and Lincoln. God Bless the Mandela family.

  • Lois says:

    My sympahties to the family and friends of Nelson Mandela. A special thank you to the South African Embassy for allowing opening this site, to express the love and gratitute that I and a entire world have for an epic individual. May the person who we saw with our eyes and felt with our hearts convert from Prisoner to President. Father Mandela, Rest in Peace.

  • Mwila Chansa says:

    Two Dreams of Tata Mandela — November 16 and December 4th:

    I am a 60 year old woman from Zambia. Growing up in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), I witnessed the struggles of our leaders, Kenneth Kaunda, Tata Mandela, Joshua Nkhomo, Samora Marcel and Mugabe.

    What I didn’t know was how Tata Mandela’s life had impacted me as to dream about him:

    First dream, I am in his company. Very comfortable just like he was my real dad. He is sitting with a child in his lap. He annoints the child with oil. He does this twice. I wondered why he was doing it. Then a boy child with a big head — boy looks like him is also in the setting. The boy tries to put on pink shoes.
    Tata Mandela says, “Lessen the sex” or something like that.

    Second Dream — Am in a swimming pool and he is there. I ask him if I could play with him — He looks me in the eye with and says, “Go to the Embassy”.

    Only to wake up to the news of his demise.

  • Pamela says:

    I feel tremendously blessed to have been alive during part of President Mandela/Mandiba’s life and times. He was about the people’s business, a pillar of calm, strength, INTELLIGENCE and PURPOSE. I saw him at an Africare dinner on the DC portion of his American tour. It was so late and I was tired, but he energized us all! As a native Mississippian I identified with the apartheid struggle as it was so similar to my parents’ and older relatives’ struggles against segregation in Mississippi – a police state, segregation, bullets, the beating/killing of children/youth. In the 80’s, I was a college student leader of the Black Student Union,Student Government, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at the University o Florida. We built a coalition of students and community leaders and worked aggressively on the Sullivan Principles, financially supported TransAfrica, and persuaded a reluctant/resistant university Board to divest. Thank you Randall Robinson, Maxine Waters, Ron Dellums, Harry Belafonte, Stevie Wonder, Winnie Mandela and Leon Sullivan for opening our eyes! President Mandela was selfless and demonstrated that when the people lead the leaders WILL FOLLOW.

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