Memorials to Nelson Mandela

Dec. 6, 2013

Dear Members of the Brandeis Community,

The loss of Nelson Mandela this week resonates strongly with the Brandeis community. Many of our community members were involved in efforts to end apartheid in South Africa and have studied the brave actions of this great man and all those who have taken inspiration from his life.

In recognition of his legacy, the American flag on the Brandeis campus will fly at half-staff through sundown on Monday.

Today’s Peace Vigil honored his memory and on Wednesday, December 11 at 4:00 pm, BASO (Brandeis African Student Organization) will host a candlelight vigil at the Peace Circle. Members and attendees are asked to wear the colors of the South African flag (red, blue, green, yellow, black and white) in honor of Nelson Mandela.

Justice Louis Brandeis said, “Most of the things worth doing in the world have been declared impossible before they were done.”

In the darkest days of apartheid, at times from a prison cell, and in his vision for a South Africa governed on principles of equality and reconciliation, Nelson Mandela was a beacon of hope, an example and an inspiration to those who would attempt what seems impossible.

May his memory be a blessing to us all.


Fred Lawrence