There aren’t really words to mark the passing of this spirit of light from the world. Many words will be spoken, but none will suffice. So I won’t add to the noise.
I’ll just tell you that my grandmother — may she also rest in peace — was born and raised in South Africa, and there she was taught to fear people with skin darker than hers. My mother was taught the same. She passed it on to me. I am grateful that others came later in my life, including many people of color, who helped me learn to love. “Perfect love drives out fear.” It is, truly, a more natural state for the human heart.
Blessings on your journey, President Mandela. May we continue to learn from you for many centuries to come.