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KillgoreTrout On December - 7 - 2013

Nelson Mandela was a truly remarkable man. Remarkable was his inner strength, remarkable was his humility, remarkable were his struggles and remarkable were his triumphs. Imprisoned for 27 years by a racist regime, for the crime of trying to unite the races and bring dignity and equality and freedom to an oppressed people. Twenty seven long hard years as a prisoner did not take away his dignity or compassion for others. This remarkable man would not be cowed by racists and their racist government. This man did more than anybody I know of, to rid his country of the chains of apartheid.

This tribute offers many, many choices of songs that speak to this man’s greatness, peace, equality, freedom and dignity. A true peaceful warrior that is too rare in any age or society.

Richie Havens – Freedom

Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers To Cross

It’s Alright Ma (Im Only Bleeding)

Cassandra Wilson – Redemption Song

Gil Scott -Heron, Work For Peace

Written by KillgoreTrout

Once a wander, working vagabond, fellow traveler on this 3rd stone from the sun. Hurtling through space and time. Lover of books (especially the classics), all kinds of books from novels, poetry, essay collections, fiction and nonfiction and a big Kurt Vonnegut fan. I am a secular humanist and technically an atheist.....Taoist.

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  1. AdLib says:

    Been tied up all weekend with some tech issues but really wanted to join the tribute here for this great man. So here’s one from me before I sink back into tech hell:

    Pride (In the Name of Love) -- U2

  2. Ladysmith Black Mambazo -- The Lion Sleeps Tonight

  3. 10000 maniacs (Natalie Merchant) -- peace train

  4. Abraham, Martin & John -- Dion

  5. Jimmy Cliff Many Rivers to Cross

  6. Paul Simon: Township Jive, Zimbabwe 1987 | Graceland

  7. SallyT says:

    KT, 33 years ago today we lost the first of our Beatles and one of the greatest musician. I think this is appropriate for both President Mandela and John Lennon, one of his own.

  8. Sabreen60 says:

    Traditional South African Choir

  9. Sabreen60 says:

    This is last performance by Dr. B.J. Reagon with Sweet Honey in the Rock. As someone who is not religious, this performance still sends chills.

  10. Kalima says:

    Michael Jackson -- Heal The World

    Soweto Gospel Choir -- Emlanjeni/Yelele

    Nelson Mandela: in his own words

    The most memorable quotations from former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95


  11. Nirek says:

    So many peoples have struggled for so long. Here is a song about our native American’s struggles.

    If only we could all get along and love on another.

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