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December 10, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Remember the legacy of Nelson Mandela

Mandela advocated for freedom and the cost it takes to reach it

A young child touches a statue of Nelson Mandela at the headquarters of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

A young child touches a statue of Nelson Mandela at the headquarters of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Nelson Mandela has changed the way in which many people are treated today [“A devoted champion for peace and social justice,” page one, Dec. 6].

I was unaware of Mandela’s influence until I read about it in the newspaper and did some more research.

I assume many others in my generation also didn’t fully understand the mission Mandela had and how he influenced the entire world in regards to democracy and equality. He is a man who at a young age started to work toward freeing his people from apartheid. He didn’t care for the price he would pay because he was doing it for all those to follow him.

Being selfless and willing to stand up to the oppressors made him become inspiring and is a large factor for South Africa being set free from apartheid. Learning about such a person inspires me to think more about freedom and the cost and awareness it takes to reach it.

— Fallon Brewer, Lynwood

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