Nelson Mandela, a Special (AKA) kind of man #RIPNelsonMandela

If ever there is a man who symbolises triumph over adversity it is Nelson Mandela.’Free Nelson Mandela’ by The Special A.K.A (The Specials) was the first thing that popped into my mind when I read the news of Nelson Mandela’s death on Twitter this morning.

I turned onBBC Radio 6 hoping that they’d play the song at some point. Well, blow me down, the trumpets of the intro sounded within seconds of me tuning in.

So just as I used to do when I played the song when I was a kid – I had it on a Now That’s What I Call Music vinyl album – I danced and sang along to every word.

It was my little tribute to a man who has been in my consciousness since I was a child – pretty much since I first heard that song and wondered who Nelson Mandela was, and how a man could be kept in captivity for 21 years – as it was at that point – because of his beliefs.

So first off on this cold and blustery London morning, on a day when the world mourns a great man, here are a couple of quotes from Nelson Mandela that we can all learn from:

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

Nelson Mandela

“As I walked out the door…I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

Nelson Mandela

And  now for The Special A.K.A performing their plea of a song written by the legendary Jerry Dammers ‘Free Nelson Mandela’.

The Special A.K.A Free Nelson Mandela Video

And lastly, a video featuring Nelson Mandela, after his release from 27 years in prison, set to a soundtrack of The Special A.K.A’s Free Nelson Mandela.

This is a man who had the courage of his convictions from the day he was born to the day he died. If he can’t give the rest of us hope to triumph over the adversity that we face in our own lives, I’m not sure who can.

Nelson Mandela dances to Free Nelson Mandela

RIP Nelson Mandela

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