MPAC Joins the World in Mourning the Death of Nelson Mandela

The World Has Lost a Revolutionary Leader

December 5, 2013

MPAC joined the world today in mourning the loss of one of the greatest leaders of our time, Nelson Mandela. He was a man of exceptional influence who fought apartheid to become a beacon of hope for his people and the world.

It is with a heavy heart that MPAC gives its deepest condolences to the family of a man who broke the boundaries of color and reversed the injustices of racism. Although his personal journey is over, his revolution lives on in the hearts of so many working for change and justice.

Aside from the oppression and wrongful imprisonment, Mandela watched his country vote for the first time in a fully representative, multiracial election that gave him his revolutionary presidency from 1994 to 1999. He became the first man of color to serve as President of South Africa. Twenty-seven years in prison could not stop his quest to end apartheid.

“Mandela changed South Africa and our world forever,” said Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC President. “A standard was set that demanded the dismantlement of racism and all the evils that came with it.”

Mandela’s stance on social justice and racial conciliation is a standard that MPAC has set upon itself. For that past few years, MPAC has paired with South African Ambassador to the U.S Ebrahim Rasool to join in not only the South African struggle, but also for education and inter-faith harmony throughout the world.

With a long history of commitment to the anti-apartheid struggle and work in the United Democratic Front and the African National Congress, Rasool is an irreplaceable asset to the MPAC community that embodied Mandela’s spirit and his quest for change.

MPAC is proud to be affiliated with his lifelong work, and with respect in our hearts and motivation in our ready hands, the legacy of Mandela has a long way to go for South Africans, Americans, and all of humanity that has oppression forced upon them.

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