"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela
Today is Nelson Mandela Day, marked by his birthday. This is the first Mandela Day since his death last December.
Paying Tribute to Madiba on Mandela Day
Nelson Mandela was only 33 years old when a speech he gave incited a protest in Durban and first landed him in jail. Over the next 10 years, Mandela would be arrested three more times for his work fighting South Africa’s oppressive apartheid regime until a 1962 conviction for sedition sent him to prison for the next 27 years.
“I was hoping to capture some sense of the hardships he suffered,” retired Johannesburg math lecturer Vivien Budge (@vivbudge) says of the young Mandela portrait she painted, “the anger he must have felt at the injustices he witnessed and the relentless tenacity, determination and courage with which he fought for his beliefs.”
After his release in 1990, Mandela helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa and became the country’s first black democratically elected President. Mandela, who died last December but would have been 96 today, continues to inspire South Africans and others around the world to this day.
Attention Harry Potter fans!!!
Looking for something to do now that the Fourth of July weekend is over? Take the kids to learn about Native American music, games and history at the Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library!
Members of the Turtle Island Dream Keepers of Monroe have a great day planned for you this Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Learn more at: bit.ly/turtleislandfun
George Orwell’s Birthday
25 June 1903
Today is the birthday of George Orwell, a/k/a Eric Arthur Blair. Orwell was born on 25 June 1903 and is most famous for his novels 1984 and Animal Farm, though he wrote several other great works of both fiction and nonfiction.