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NELSON MANDELA — A MENTOR & ROLE MODEL ACROSS THE DIVIDE

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“So let us begin anew–remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us. Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms–and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations. Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths and encourage the arts and commerce. Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah–to “undo the heavy burdens . . . (and) let the oppressed go free.” Now the trumpet summons us again–not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need–not as a call to battle, though embattled we are– but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation”–a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself. –Excerpts from President JF Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech (Credit: JF Kennedy Library & Museum)  NELSON MANDELA: A MENTOR ACROSS THE DIVIDE: Sometimes, you come across speeches that directly touch hearts and raise hopes. At other times, you are faced with human conducts that could be demoralizing such that one feels the prospects of securing solutions to the myriad of problems facing humanity are almost NIL. All these thoughts, woven together, and according to Jesus Christ, ‘’the heart really matters: ‘For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks’ (Matthew 12:34). Public speech delivery is a gift that could be developed. If leaders are considered exemplary in this art, they must have developed themselves over a period of time such that they know how to engage their audience and communicate effectively with them. The 42nd President of the United States, and one of the best presidents with oratorical skills William Jefferson Clinton delivered the First Nelson Mandela Annual Lectures in South Africa on July 19, 2003. ANCIENT WISDOM IN MODERN FORM: Such is the profound recognition accorded President Clinton that the Nelson Mandela Foundation recorded this tribute against Bill Clinton’s name: ’’During…

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