A big up to my brethren Jah B who I know is returning from a very successful “Martyrs Day” event of which he himself initiated in Jamaica. Although this actual event took place on the 19th Feb, I can’t help but to prolong it’s lease of life by giving it a mention in this “Black History Month” period, especially in light of today being the 51st anniversary since the assassination of Malcolm X. Yes, we have more to follow within this week. A few days from now will be the 4th year since the slaying of Trayvon Martin, who would have been a grown 21 year man if he had lived this month, also.
And you think Nelson Mandela holds the record of years being incarcerated. Well, we have got to consider, Albert Woodfox, who was imprisoned for 43 years, most of which was solitary confinement. Albert, was released two days ago, age 69. The question is, will he reach to 95 years, like Mandela? Make no mistake, this is all part of Black History Month… And finally, well for now, a shout out to our former lead guitarist, Donovan McKitty. Blessings mi brethren, blessings…
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela
It’s been a year today since Nelson Mandela passed away, and we must admit there is a void in this world without him. It has also been 50years this year when he started his 27 year prison sentence (June 12th, 1964). Come to think of it, it was a year to that day that another “equal rights” activist, Medgar Evers, was assassinated (June 12th, 1963).
Nevertheless, each time Mandela is remember by us, we have never forgotten the efforts of his wife Winnie and Bishop Desmond Tutu, just to name a few, who passionately kept his name alive during those 10,000 days of incarceration.
Nelson Mandela was accused of being a terrorist in his own homeland. Yet all he was asking for was Liberty, Justice and Equality; a human right that was strongly denied during the days of Apartheid. But as you all know there is a God and he managed to survive and beat all the odds, to be “officially released” on February 11th, 1990. I remember it well ’cause Mike Tyson got knocked out for the very first time on that day, too. Yes, Mandela Out! And Tyson Out!
Within four years, Nelson went on to be the first Black President of “New South Africa” in May 1994. This year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Inauguration for such a historical event.
Fighting to the end, Nelson managed to reach his 95th birthday of which Steel Pulse gave a “mini” celebration to honour him on Face Book and our website. (July 18th, 2013). At that time it was rumoured that he was very much bedridden. He lost his battle for life five months later.
Now in his state of rest, this Nobel Peace Prize winner (1993) shall forever be revered across the globe as one of the greatest men to bless our modern era.