He asked that we believe he was an an ordinary man

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”
~ from President Obama’s speech today honoring Nelson MADIBA Mandela

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“For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived~a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.”
Read the full text of President Obama’s speech today honoring Nelson MADIBA Mandela

Madiba is the name of Mandela’s Xhosa tribe. It is an act of honor to refer to someone by the name of their tribe. Mandela says in the book: Long Walk to Freedom that he was given the English name “Nelson” by his teacher on his first day at school.