The rock quarry where Madiba was forced into hard labor for many years


Entrance to the cell where Madiba was confined




Madiba’s prisoner ledger























A collection of images of Nelson Mandela – past to present – ranging from a prisoner ledger, newspapers upon his release, and statues/murals erected in his honor.


129 Responses to “Madiba”

  1. December 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Thank yoooooo LovelyPlains, a completely beautiful tribute.

  2. December 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Oh, LP, all of these photos are so moving. Thank you for such a stunning span of time.

  3. 11 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    LP, this is WONDERFUL! Thank you!

  4. 12 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks LP for this lovely, very moving tribute.

  5. December 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    LovelyPlains, I was mesmerized by the wonderful pictures and inspiring words. I remember protesting apartheid on Howard University’s campus. I remember Ronald Reagan supporting the apartheid regime and was so glad that Congress overturned his veto. Watching all the people on TV remembering Nelson Mandela makes it all seem like it was yesterday.

  6. December 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm

  7. 16 Ladyhawke
    December 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Johnny Clegg (With Nelson Mandela) – Asimbonanga – 1999 Fran

  8. December 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Death of Nelson Mandela, December 5, 2013
    Samantha Power
    U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
    New York, NY
    December 5, 2013


    Today, an eloquent voice has been silenced, a beautiful mind stilled, and a bountiful heart stopped. The epic soul of Nelson Mandela is now at rest.

    It is routine to suggest that the legacy of a man or woman will outlive that person, but in this case, the world will never be the same now that Nelson Mandela has occupied it. The example of his leadership – from prison to the presidency – from a land riven by fear to a people reconciled through truth and justice – will stand for all time.

    Fifteen years ago, in an address to the United Nations, Mandela wrote his own epitaph: “As I sit in Qunu and grow as ancient as its hills, I will entertain the hope that there has emerged a cadre of leaders in my own country and region, on my continent and in the world, that will not allow any to be denied freedom as we were; that will not allow any to be turned into refugees as we were; that will not allow any to be condemned to go hungry as we were; and that will not allow any to be stripped of their dignity as we were.”

    Nelson Mandela was a man of profound dignity. As we mourn his passing and celebrate his life, we must also find inspiration in his memory – striving daily to promote peace, freedom, and dignity for others.


  9. 26 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm

  10. 27 donna dem 4 obama
    December 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm


  11. 28 jacquelineoboomer
    December 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you for yet another beautiful tribute, LP.

  12. 29 Judith Fardig
    December 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you LP for your heartfelt tribute to a great leader.

  13. 30 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    First African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize (2004)

  14. December 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Watching BBC World. Mike Embley said “It’s personal for President Obama, isn’t it?”

  15. 32 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I had a great montage pic of Madiba & PBO. Can’t find it now.

  16. 36 GGAIL
    December 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    LP, this is a beautiful tribute!

  17. 37 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm

  18. 38 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  19. 39 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm

  20. December 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks LP for the beautiful tribute and congrats to LL for eking out #1 in front of Sabreen. We happened to be on a mini-vacation in Las Vegas when he was released and I watched for hours in the room waiting and then seeing him released. Couldn’t believe I just happened to turn on the TV and for once the time difference worked in my favor. 😉
    A version of this tribute may have already been posted. I’m sorry if it has, but this version has so many beautiful pictures. If you go straight to YouTube it has the lyrics both in English and is it African? I’m sorry for not know the name of language.

  21. 41 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Remember this? 😀

    • 42 Dudette
      December 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    • 43 Dudette
      December 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Background from the YouTube posting:

      Published on Jun 4, 2013
      Montblanc was delighted to present the Power of Words video project as part of Time Square’s Midnight Moment in April. Every night, three minutes before midnight, the Times Square became a digital art gallery. The powerful words of Nelson Mandela — made up of text edited from numerous speeches — collided, floated, poured and burst onto Times Square’s screens.

      For Montblanc, its more than just an exciting piece of modern contemporary art, it honours the power of the written word and is a tribute to remarkable, outstanding people like Nelson Mandela. As part of the international Montblanc “Signature for Good” cooperation with UNICEF, this new and exciting initiative will help to raise awareness and create a better understanding about the importance of quality education for children around the world.

      • 44 jackiegrumbacher
        December 6, 2013 at 8:02 am

        Dudette, thank you. I missed this extraordinary event. What an incredible tribute. And what an opportunity to transform and educate. New Yorkers are very fortunate.

  22. 45 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm

  23. December 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    RIP Nelson Mandela and condolences to the Mandela and human family who’s been touched by his courage, spirit, and leadership.

  24. 47 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

  25. 48 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Okay, I wanted to stop crying for a minute and maybe even laugh. George Takei is always there to help!

  26. 49 WilTal
    December 5, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Beautiful post LP. Thank you

  27. 50 donna dem 4 obama
    December 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    “The media always wants to blame the president or the government for the high level of public distrust, but the reality is that media makes their money off of fueling that same distrust. Cable news wouldn’t exist if they covered all of the news. The media has decided that good news is boring, so when the Obama administration does something right, it isn’t reported on.”

    “Republicans learned this years ago, which is why they feed the media an endless string of bogus scandals. Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, the ACA. It never stops, because the media lives on manufactured controversy.”

  28. 51 globalcitizenlinda
    December 5, 2013 at 10:46 pm

  29. December 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Thank you Lovelyplains for the stunning tribute to Madiba past to present. Mandela was and is one of my all time hero’s. I appreciate all the work you, chipsticks, Liberal Librarian, Dudette and so many others do to make TOD so meaningful for all of us. I have never posted in the comments because I tried once & it did not work. Haven’t tried again til now.. Thanks again everyone! LOL finally post a comment and put it in the wrong place

  30. 53 GGail
    December 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Dudette, here is some music – Mandela by Frankie Beverly & Maze and the another link with some other artists like Hugh Maskela. I don’t know how to post them


  31. 62 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Found this little gem on YouTube

  32. 63 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

  33. 64 globalcitizenlinda
    December 5, 2013 at 10:55 pm

  34. 65 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 11:01 pm

  35. 67 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 11:02 pm

  36. 68 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Cool Madiba! 😎

  37. 69 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    LOL. Though I would have changed the first one to Keep America sailing – wind Obama

  38. 70 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 5, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    What a phenomenal tribute. Thank you, LP!!!!!!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  39. 71 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 11:11 pm

  40. 72 WilTal
    December 5, 2013 at 11:12 pm

  41. 73 Lynn
    December 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    President Mandela. Your son in spirit is a worthy progenitor. But you knew that.

  42. 74 99ts
    December 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    There is no such thing as too much media saturation when it comes to Nelson Mandela’s life and Nelson Mandela’s memory, because there was once a time when his image didn’t exist, was illegal.


  43. 79 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 11:38 pm

  44. 81 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm

  45. December 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Keith O is showing a documentary on the soccer team at Robben Island.

  46. 85 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 12:03 am

    My sister said “Siphiwo was waiting to serenade Madiba at the Pearly Gates” 😀

  47. 86 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 12:04 am

    • 87 nathkatun7
      December 6, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Thank you so much Dudette for sharing this Nelson Mandela song and for sharing all the wonderful quotes on the previous pages. I am so glad to you were blessed to hear this great man in person.

  48. 89 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 12:09 am

  49. 90 nathkatun7
    December 6, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Today a great man and a great soul transitioned from the physical to the eternal life. Even though I am filled with sadness that he has left us, I am also immensely thankful that Nelson Mandela walked with us in this imperfect world of ours. I am even more thankful that I lived in his time to truly witness what greatness looks like. Thank you Madiba for touching our lives and for a job well done. With all that you sacrificed in your long walk for freedom, justice and humanity, you certainly deserve eternal peace and rest.

    PS. Thank you Chips,UT, LP and all the wonderful people here at TOD, for your beautiful and heart warming tributes to this giant of a man. Even for an old man like me, I was unable to fight back the tears.

    • 91 jacquelineoboomer
      December 6, 2013 at 2:07 am

      Beautifully stated, as usual, nath.

      • 92 nathkatun7
        December 6, 2013 at 3:32 am

        Thanks JOB! Your comments, and your exquisite poetry, mean so much to me.

        • 93 jacquelineoboomer
          December 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm

          Well, I appreciate that so much, nath, because I feel the same way about your exquisite comments – and the history you share behind them.

    • December 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Lovely, just lovely, nath. Couldn’t agree with you more. Knew the day would come – it does for everyone. But, I also knew that if I lived to hear the news of Nelson Mandela leaving us it was going to hurt, deeply. It has. Of course, I know that I’m but one of several billion people who are similarly saddened. That reality speaks to just how good humanity is, despite those who try to make it otherwise.

      • 95 nathkatun7
        December 6, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        Thank you Bob for your kindness and your beautiful comment! You are truly a deeply caring soul! It’s no wonder you chose a healing profession.

  50. 96 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 12:15 am

  51. 97 globalcitizenlinda
    December 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

  52. 98 amk for obama
    December 6, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Thanks to our 57f.

  53. 99 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 12:30 am

    This might post as a playlist. Sorry about that — just stop after first song.

  54. 100 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 12:35 am

    More from my pretend-husband Jonathan

  55. December 6, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Thank you, LP.

    #FORWARD Together

  56. 106 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Okay two more and then I gotta go. Hmm let’s see, so much good stuff to choose from…

  57. 107 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 12:56 am

  58. 108 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 12:59 am

  59. 111 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Okay I lied. One more…

    Here’s a wind down bonus from my honey-bunny!
    Keep your hands off him Alycee — I’m watching you! 🙂

  60. 112 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Goodnight Family! Peace and Love to you all!

    • 113 99ts
      December 6, 2013 at 1:31 am

      g’nite Dudette sweet dreams

    • 114 nathkatun7
      December 6, 2013 at 1:58 am

      Rest well, great soul! You bring so much love, energy and love of life to this place! Madiba, may he RIP, must be smiling for the great tribute you paid him. In a typical African fashion you made sure that the great sadness that comes with mourning the passing of a beloved person must be followed with joyous celebration of his life. Nelson Mandela has joined the great African ancestors who continue to watch over us.

      • 115 Dudette
        December 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        Aw, you’re so sweet! I just posted stuff that I thought he’d like.

        You’re right about the African tradition of celebrating life though. My family practices that tradition and I embrace it wholeheartedly.
        I can think of anyone who’s extraordinary life deserves to be celebrated more than Madiba.

  61. 117 nathkatun7
    December 6, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Before I sign off, I wanted to say thank you to LovelyPlains for this beautiful tribute to Madiba. It’s truly a labor of Love.

    • 118 jacquelineoboomer
      December 6, 2013 at 2:19 am

      I’m signing off, too, nath, so I’ll wish you a goodnight. Oh, and, I saw your comment about being an “old man” and yet still crying tonight. Sometimes “old” men cry best, because they fully understand what is “worth” crying about!

      Did that make sense? Obviously, I need beauty sleep – Ha!

      • 119 nathkatun7
        December 6, 2013 at 3:23 am

        Thanks JOB for your kindness. As always you make a whole lot of sense. I of course was brought up at the time when men were not supposed to cry. But as I’ve grown older I’ve realized that crying helps in healing deep sadness. Me and Madiba go way back. I was a sophomore in High School when he was sentenced to life. I will never forget the deep sadness we all felt at my school. I was also very active in the anti-apartheid movement and the South African boycotts. I also remember the profound joy i felt when he was finally set free after 27 years of imprisonment. By that time I was a middle aged man with two children. Today I cried both tears of sadness that he will no longer be with us, as well as tears of Joy to know that he passed on peacefully, surrounded by family, after he had shown the whole world what a great man he was and how absurd white supremacists in SA were for believing that they were superior to him and his people.

        Have a peaceful sleep! I am heading to bed my self as I have to go to work very early tomorrow.

        • 120 jacquelineoboomer
          December 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

          Your words and recollections left me breathless, as I read them today, nath. Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela – “the world’s” Madiba.

  62. 121 donna dem 4 obama
    December 6, 2013 at 6:51 am

    I awoke early today to re-read the wonderful tributes brought here by our TOD family on Nelson Mandela, of whom I consider a legend in his own time. Thank you to all who made these threads commemorating his life a pleasure to read.

  63. 123 vcprezofan2
    December 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

    L. Plains, THANK YOU! I like the fact you often add a slightly different tinge to the TOD tableau. This continued tribute to Nelson Mandela is much appreciated. You, Chips Chica, Lib-Lib and Utal have been doing a terrific job!

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