It always seems impossible…

During my lifetime I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realised. But, My Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

The concluding words of the speech delivered from the dock of the defendant at the Rivonia Trial on .

…until it’s done.

A lawyer. A youth activist. A freedom fighter. A political prisoner. A Nobel Peace laureate. An elected president.

A life devoted to the pursuit of social justice — fearlessly challenging the status quo and demonstrating unimaginable perseverance.

Nelson Mandela

1918 – 2013