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His Day is Done – A Tribute Poem for Nelson Mandela by Dr. Maya Angelou

On Thursday, December 5, 2013 as a global family we began to mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela.  A man whose whole life exemplified, grace, honor, strength of courage, diligence and a strong commitment to the basic belief that all men were created to be free.

Mr. Mandela served 27 years as a political prisoner for his strong beliefs in his native country of South Africa.  In his life time, he saw Apartheid, abolished and himself (a black man) upon his release be elected as his country’s first democratically elected president.   From that illustrious position, he stirred the reins of power, showing the world that real power is found in forgiveness and love.   He certainly was a father to his people, and a catalyst for positive change; a model global citizen, for many generations to come.

In this beautiful piece living legend Dr. Maya Angelou offers a fitting tribute on behalf of the American people.  “His Day is Done” was released by the U.S. State Department.

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Lela Fagan (Jefferson) is the author of the book “Poetry of a Black Girl: The Darkness and the Light” and lead blogger at “Memoirs of a Black Girl”. Lela is an avid reader “A Real Bookworm” of all things in print. She finds joy in sharing socially and blogging about topics that matter the most to her. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Lela now lives in Houston, TX with her husband Oji, an educator and Football Coach. @LelaJefferson - See more at:

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