By Vic Diaz (@TheVicDiaz)
The innovations that social media have provided us in this day and age has allowed us have provided us with a unique look at the life and times of the late Nelson Mandela. Celebrities and public figures have taken to twitter to pay their respects to the former South African diplomat.
Politicians, entrepreneurs and figures in the media all provided words of mourning for Mandela:
Mandela is gone. There is no one else like him.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) December 5, 2013
We will forever draw strength and inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility. –mo
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) December 6, 2013
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) December 5, 2013
“Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived.” —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 5, 2013
I will never forget my friend Madiba. pic.twitter.com/UX21ZZG7cg
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 5, 2013
Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95 after a long battle with a lung illness that led him to spend his last days in the hospital. In a public statement, current South African President Jacob Zuma said of Mandela, “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.”
Mandela is best remembered for ending the Apartheid era in South Africa, a time in which racial segregation in the country finally came to a halt. The Nobel laureate is also known for his time spent imprisoned in Robben Island, in which he spread a message of peace.
Continuing in the spirit of modernization, the life of the man once known as “Madiba” has been documented in the form of a Facebook timeline. The Facebook page “The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela” illustrates the life and times of Mandela, highlighting his early life, his public works and his death.
Celebrations will be held in Johannesburg and President Zuma has announced that a state funeral will be held in Mandela’s memory.