A great historical figure, Nelson Mandela, passed away last night. I only knew of his legacy in textbooks from a U.S. perspective. That was 1994 in my high school geography class. Apartheid didn’t make much sense to many Texans and because South Africa seemed so far away, I am not sure if many Americans truly cared to understand. But all of that changed when we met some very dear South African expat friends in Cyprus.
The stories they shared about life and culture in South Africa painted a very different but real perspective about their home country. But more importantly, they talked about how Mandela really changed South Africa for the better.
Through Mandela’s legacy of racial reconciliation and political activism, he transcended above the fray. And today, friends on Facebook share similar sentiments around the globe.
South Africa’s extensive use of color in handmade arts and crafts, I think, resembles much of Mandela’s work he so diligently achieved in his lifetime. The vibrancy of colors (in the photo below) breathe more life into these bowls than say a solid color all by its little lonesome.
May we remember Nelson Mandela, his legacy, and the people of South Africa today. Have a blessed weekend.
From my hometown to yours (around the globe),