U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela memorial
Heads of state from all around the world gathered in South Africa for the memorial service of former South African President and civil rights hero Nelson Mandela. Following the rich South African tradition, the crowds celebrated his life, viewing his passing as a monumental moment transitioning from one life to another in heaven.
Crowds at the Mandela memorial
To see blacks and whites side by side celebrating the life and legacy of Mandela is beautiful. It is confirmation of how far South Africa has come as a nation. They must not fear the future, but carry on the rich legacy Mandela left behind, regarding loving one another and viewing each other as equals.