“Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”—Anti-apartheid activist and President of South Africa Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (1994)
This coming Wednesday marks the 100thbirthday of the great freedom fighter.
(The image accompanying this post was taken of Mandela at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1993.)