The duo sang Bob Marley‘s “Redemption Song” in honor of the anti-apartheid leader’s incredible accomplishments. Alicia told the crowd, “We wanted to do something special for you in honor of the great Nelson Mandela, who I feel so moved by in every way.” She added, “What an incredible life lived and what an inspiration for us all to carry forward.”
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And on Tuesday, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, The Bushes and Clintons appeared at the National Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela inside Soweto’s soccer stadium in South Africa.
In his 18-minute speech, the President praised the life of South Africa’s first black President and how Mandela’s legacy makes him want to be a better man and leader:
“Given the sweep of his life, the scope of his accomplishments, the adoration that he so rightly earned, it’s tempting I think to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men,” explained Obama. “But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, Madiba insisted on sharing with us his doubts and his fears; his miscalculations along with his victories.”
We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa and the young people around the world — you, too, can make his life’s work your own. Over 30 years ago, while still a student, I learned of Nelson Mandela and the struggles taking place in this beautiful land, and it stirred something in me.
It woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself, and it set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be a better man. He speaks to what’s best inside us.
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