Yesterday, the world recognized the death of Nelson Mandela with tributes from leaders of the world, leaders in his homeland of South Africa, and citizens everywhere. It would be hard to imagine anyone over the age of 18 who does not know who Mr.
Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, the date on which Americans celebrate our nation’s independence. Robert F. Kennedy once said, “It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”
Alan Paton wrote Cry, the Beloved Country about his native country, South Africa, in 1946. In the 60 plus years since, it has become a classic. When I was an undergraduate at Duke in the 1970’s, this book was required reading in a class that I did not have to take. In preparation for a trip to South Africa this month, I recently read it for the first time.