(AllHipHop News) Nelson Mandela, the consummate South African freedom fighter, has died at the age of 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement on Thursday.
Mandela pushed South African from the dregs of apartheid in to democracy that was inclusive of all races. His struggles have been well documented as he endured almost three decades of imprisonment by the White majority. Somehow, he was able to simultaneously prevent a South African Civil War and evolve into an international symbol of peace.
He would go on to become South Africa’s first Black president.
“The time for the healing of the wounds has come,” he said in his acceptance speech in 1994. “The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation.”
Mandela has amassed innumerable awards and he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, one of his many accolades. AllHipHop will continue to commemorate the life and times of Nelson Mandela.
The Hip-Hop community was no exception to the mourning felt for the icon and many used social media to express their feelings.
REST IN POWER TO THE GREAT NELSON MANDELA!
— allhiphopcom (@allhiphopcom) December 5, 2013
RIP to a true warrior?????????????????????????????????? MANDELA THE KING?? http://t.co/Dej89A8cIt
— SWIZZ BEATZ (@THEREALSWIZZZ) December 5, 2013
RIP 2 ONE OF OUR LAST TRULY GREAT KINGS AND GOD OF OUR UNIVERSE, THE LATE GREAT NELSON MANDELA!!! I WILL 4EVER LOVE U GREAT MAN & GREAT MIND
— Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) December 5, 2013
Thank you Nelson Mandela. All the best on your transition.
— Nasir Jones (@Nas) December 5, 2013
A true fighter in every sense of the word… MANDELA!
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) December 5, 2013
The mission to FREE Mandela was woven into the blueprint of PublicEnemy using RAP & Hip Hop to recognize THIS MAN RIP pic.twitter.com/HEcYZVpPtr
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela. What a difference one person can make. #RestEternally
— LL COOL J (@llcoolj) December 5, 2013
#NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) December 5, 2013
What a heroic, beautiful life Mandela lived. Rest in peace.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 5, 2013
R.I.P Nelson Mandela sad thing is that alot of ya'll myself included wont fully understand his importance until the movie comes out
— TROY AVE NYC (@TroyAve) December 5, 2013
Madiba. Not just your own nation, but the WORLD mourns your passing. Let us celebrate a life of sacrifices & strengths that changed us all.
— LIFE WITH JEANNIE (@JeanGreasy) December 5, 2013
We cut our teeth as 80s student activists demanding the UofR divest of companies doing business in S Africa. Mandela: an early inspiration.
— Bakari Kitwana (@therealbakari) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela. Farewell soldier! pic.twitter.com/5wHCBPlcMd
— Willie D (@WillieDLIVE) December 5, 2013
Mandela was a warrior and an inspiration #RIP
— Black Thought (@blackthought) December 5, 2013
Rest peacefully Mr. Mandela. Your strength & determination will forever inspire.
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) December 5, 2013
So very saddened to hear of Nelson Mandela's passing. His struggle will never be forgotten.
— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) December 5, 2013
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. Nelson Mandela
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) December 5, 2013
RIP NELSON MANDELA DIED AT 95 BUT I WISH HE COULD'VE MADE IT 122 AND GOT THOSE 27 YEARS BACK TAKEN… http://t.co/txEkHYSuwV
— Crooked I (@CrookedIntriago) December 5, 2013
— Diddy (@iamdiddy) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela was the embodiment of discipline, courage, love and forgiveness. "There is no future without forgiveness"-@NelsonMandela
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) December 5, 2013
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) December 5, 2013
MANDELA!!!!! May God Bless that angel!!! Thank You for all that you have done for MANKIND!!!! REST IN… http://t.co/FLNdyBsGST
— D-dot (@DDotAngelettie) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela not many Sacrifice & Struggle for the Freedom of others, You are Appreciated, & Your life will be Celebrated!!
— Treach (@triggertreach) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela the world will never forget your importance and impacted to mankind. RIP
— Shane Mosley (@SugarShaneM) December 5, 2013
R.I.P Nelson Mandela…I'm in Cape Town right now..u can feel his absence in the air..
— Robert Glasper (@robertglasper) December 5, 2013
ON MY RECENT TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA I HAD THE PLEASURE OF LEARNING ALOT OF STUFF I DIDNT KNO ABOUT MANDELA AS WELL… http://t.co/y7q1ZYHmR3
— LIL JON (@LilJon) December 5, 2013
Rip Nelson Mandela gone but never forgotten.
— Tony Yayo (@TonyYayo) December 5, 2013