also a man who embraced the global struggle for justice. Although the institution of apartheid has now been dismantled, gaping economic, social, and racial inequality remain the world over (including unequal access to healthcare). Thus, it is not enough to simply memorialize Mandela, it’s also necessary to emulate his example of what can be done together to challenge unjust power structures that leave the majority of people without a voice.
Perhaps Mandela capsulated his legacy best when he said, “To be free is not nearly to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
France Francois is the creator of the award-winning Black in Cairo blog. Follow her on Twitter at @FranceF3