The words “icon” and “great” are sometimes misused.
Too often the media use these words to describe ordinary politicians and mediocre talent.
But there are no other words to describe former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, who died Thursday at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95, was by any measure a great man and an icon of human rights of the 20th century.
Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who spent 27 years in prison for opposing White racist rule, is for South Africans and people throughout the world a symbol of sacrifice and reconciliation from his pivotal role in steering South Africa from the apartheid era into democratic elections in 1994.
Mandela’s legacy in building a free South Africa inspired people around the world.