President Obama says that the fight against apartheid and the battle to free Nelson Mandela from unjust imprisonment was the spark that turned his political awareness into political action. How has the great freedom fighter known as "Madiba" inspired you? As we continue to mourn the death and salute the life of Nelson Mandela, EBONY invites you to share your most heartfelt memories, reflections or lessons inspired by him.

To catch up on all of our Mandela coverage including photos from the EBONY Collection, click here. —The Editors