Alpha Phi Alpha Salutes Nelson Mandela & Mourns His Passing

posted Apr 21, 2014, 8:19 AM by Seattle Alphas   [ updated Apr 21, 2014, 9:30 AM ]

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the world’s greatest civil rights activists, Nelson Mandela. On Feb. 11, 1990, the man affectionately known as "Madiba," Mandela, a South African political leader and peaceful reconciliatory groundbreaker, walked out of a prison after 27 years to fulfill his mission: dismantling the country's apartheid system. Just four years later, the Nobel Peace Prize winner had achieved just that by establishing the first democratic elections in South Africa and becoming its first black president. South Africa’s “greatest son,” died peacefully at his home yesterday, at the age of 95. The Honorable Brother Bill Gray, who passed just a few months ago, led substantial efforts to free Mandela when he was imprisoned.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity salutes President Mandela for all his accomplishments and the Mandela family, and all civil rights leaders, for the sacrifices they have made to build a better world. Alpha will continue to honor the memory of Mandela, and others, by developing leaders, promoting brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.