Mandela’s greatness resided in his character; this was the core of his charisma. He was a great man because he found the ability to make pragmatic politics while maintaining his revolutionary principles against racism and oppression. He was great because although we know how much he hated racism he seemed to live a life without any outward show of rancor and revenge.

Dr. Molefi Asante released a personal statement of reflection on the occasion of Nelson Mandela's death. To read the entire passage, visit the African American Studies page.

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