Obama Urges World to Act on Mandela Legacy 12/10/13
Decemeber 10, 2013
JOHANNESBURG - As President Barack Obama sees it, it's not enough to embrace Nelson Mandela's "legacy of racial reconciliation." Speaking at a memorial service in Johannesburg today, Obama said people must also "act on behalf of justice" and peace.
He said many of those who hail Mandela's achievements are still resisting what Obama calls "modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality."
Obama told the crowd at a soccer stadium in Soweto that Mandela earned his place in history through struggle, shrewdness, persistence and faith. He compared Mandela to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.
He calls Mandela the last great liberator of the 20th century, and says he thinks about how to apply Mandela's lessons to himself as a man and as president.