On Monday, people from all around the world are taking part in Nelson Mandela International Day — or Mandela Day.
Rolihlahla "Nelson" Mandela, the first black South African president, is mostly known for playing a central role in ending apartheid in South Africa. Mandela, however, has also been a key figure in speaking out against world issues ranging from poverty to ethnic conflict to HIV awareness.
The day of commemoration for Mandela was originally implemented on July 18, 2009 — his birthday — by the UN General Assembly. Mandela, who died on Dec. 5, 2013, would've been 98 years old.
The tribute to Mandela and his legacy was created in an effort to inspire the upcoming generation to take on leadership and combat the social injustices that plague the current global political climate. On Mandela Day, people from all walks of life are suggested to follow three tenets of Mandela's philosophy: free yourself, free others and serve every day.
In honor of Mandela Day, here are 13 powerful and inspiring quotes that will motivate you to follow in the footsteps of the revolutionary icon.
You can find more information and resources about Mandela Day here.