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A TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA: My family’s connection

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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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NELSON MANDELA ~ MADIBA~ CHANGED THE COURSE OF SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY

Mandela was a man of great strength yet also humility. He recognised the importance of eduction and encouraged society to contribute to the community. His birthday, on 18th July, has now become Nelson Mandela Day where South Africans are expected to spend 67 minutes of their day engaging in some form of charity, which can be animal welfare work.Nelson Mandela

I would like to believe that Mandela’s school education played some part in instilling these values.

Mandela’s life briefly intersected with my grandfather’s, the  late Reverend Harris. As an adolescent, Rolihlahla, which was Mandela’s original name, attended Clarkebury a Wesleyan missionary school, where my grandfather taught. At that time Clarkebury was the biggest education centre in Tembuland (a rural area in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa). The name Nelson was given to Rolihlahla, by the missionaries.

Reverend Harris 1957

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If you look in  Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, chapter 5, there is reference to Reverend C.C. Harris.  

long walk to freedom

According to Mandela , my grandfather Reverend Harris ran the school “…with an iron hand and an abiding sense of fairness”. It is also  reported that Reverend Harris was the first white man Mandela shook hands with. Little did either of them know what a great leader Mandela would become and how much Mandela would sacrifice to change South Africa.

Mandela’s compassion extended to animals, where Mandela was a patron of the National Council of SPCA, an organisation that works to improve the standards for animal welfare in communities in South Africa. 

PeTA joins the world in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela.

Read morehttp://www.peta.org/blog/mourning-nelson-mandela/#ixzz2mfkEqkqU

RIP Nelson Mandela ~ you will never be forgotten.

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  1. […] A TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA: My family’s connection (emynow.wordpress.com) […]

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  2. What a cool collection! How great that your grandfather and Mandela met so long ago. RIP to a great leader and harbinger of peace.

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  3. congratulations for the excellent text

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