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Click to listen to the FAME Freedom Mass Choir sing "Liberty". The FAME Freedom Mass Choir performed this song for a freed Nelson Mandela during his visit to Los Angeles. Written by Joe K. Westmoreland and Charles May.
 
 


HISTORY:

Following his release from prison on Sunday, February 11, 1990; when Los Angeles heard the news that Nelson R. Mandela would be released from prison, South African emigres, FAME Church Leaders, elected officials, community leaders involved in the anti-apartheid movement flocked to First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles and waited through the night at the FAME Church Allen House for the first televised glimpse of Mandela's walk toward freedom.

First AME Church of Los Angeles was the site of Nelson Mandela’s first visit to Los Angeles after he was freed from prison. Images of Mandela’s visit are depicted on a special collage in the Church’s Plaza. Congregants of the First AME Church fought apartheid by boycotting Shell Oil and other companies doing business with South Africa during the apartheid era.

FAME Church continues to receive annual visits from prominent South Africans and South African Elected Officials.

The FAME Church Freedom Mass Choir performed for Nelson Mandela during his visit to Los Angeles City Hall and performed at the Los Angeles Coliseum in honor of Nelson Mandela's triumphant return to the United States on June 29, 1990.

 
 


Nelson Mandela Quotes

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

“It always seems impossible until it's done.”

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

“Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

“The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.”

“Where you stand depends on where you sit.”

“One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.”

“I am the captain of my soul.”

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”

“ As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

“Courage is not the absence of fear — it s inspiring others to move beyond it.”

“A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”

“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

“Appearances matter — and remember to smile.”

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”

“Nothing is black or white.”

“In my country we go to prison first and then become President. ”

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

“You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.”

“Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.”

“One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.”

“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation”

“I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There was no particular day on which I said, Henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise.”


“Quitting is leading too.”

“There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires”

“Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.”

“Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.”

“When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.”

“It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.”

“Keep your friends close — and your rivals even closer.”

“We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”

“A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it's lowest ones”


“The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.”

“I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.”

“It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

“Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?”

“Lead from the front — but don t leave your base behind.”

“I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.”

“Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.”

“I AM THE MASTER OF MY FATE AND THE CAPTAIN OF MY DESTINY.”

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

“Tread softly,Breathe peacefully, Laugh hysterically.”

“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

“i love playing and chatting with children...feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my...life. i like relaxing at the house, reading quietly, taking in the sweet smell that comes from the pots, sitting around a table with the family and taking out my wife and children. when you can no longer enjoy these simple pleasures something valuable is taken away from your life and you feel it in your daily work.”

“We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.”

“Only free men can negotiate,prisoners can't enter in contracts”

“No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.”

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

“I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope.”

“Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any person can have.”

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

“There are few misfortunes in this world that you cannot turn into a personal trimuph if you have the iron will and the neccessary skill.”

“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

“I could not imagine that the future I was walking toward could compare in any way to the past that I was leaving behind.”

“Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.”

“There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status.”

“Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place.”

“He knew when to compromise. Yet he never compromised his principles. He was a militant. Yet a militant who knew how to plan, assess concrete situations and emerge with rational solutions to problems.”

“Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.”

“Success in politics demands that you must take your people into confidence about your views and state them very clearly, very politely, very calmly, but nevertheless, state them openly.”

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

“Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”

“Money wont create success, the freedom to make it will”

“We forgive but not forgotten”

“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite... Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never explained.”

“I shall stick to our vow: never, never under any circumstances, to say anything unbecoming of the other...The trouble, of course, is that most successful men are prone to some form of vanity. There comes a stage in their lives when they consider it permissible to be egotistic and to brag to the public at large about their unique achievements.”

“It is most unusual to return to a place that has changed in ways you yourself have altered.”

“For a revolution is not just a question of pulling a trigger; its purpose is to create a fair just society”

 

   
 
 


67 ways to change our world

1. Make a new friend. Get to know someone from a different cultural background. Only through mutual understanding can we rid our communities of intolerance and xenophobia.
2. Read to someone who can’t. Visit a local home for the blind and open up a new world for someone else.
3. Fix the potholes in your street or neighbourhood.
4. Help out at the local animal shelter. Dogs without homes still need a walk and a bit of love.
5. Find out from your local library if it has a story hour and offer to read during it.
6. Offer to take an elderly neighbour who can’t drive to do their shopping/chores.
7. Organise a litter cleanup day in your area.
8. Get a group of people to each knit a square and make a blanket for someone in need.
9. Volunteer at your police station or local faith-based organisation.
10. Donate your skills!
11. If you’re a builder, help build or improve someone’s home.
12. Help someone to get his/her business off the ground.
13. Build a website for someone who needs one, or for a cause you think needs the support.
14. Help someone get a job. Put together and print a CV for them, or help them with their interview skills.
15. If you’re a lawyer, do some pro bono work for a worthwhile cause or person.
16. Write to your area councillor about a problem in the area that requires attention, which you, in your personal capacity, are unable to attend to.
17. Sponsor a group of learners to go to the theatre/zoo.

Help out for good health

18. Get in touch with your local HIV organisations and find out how you can help.
19. Help out at your local hospice, as staff members often need as much support as the patients.
20. Many terminally ill people have no one to speak to. Take a little time to have a chat and bring some sunshine into their lives.
21. Talk to your friends and family about HIV.
22. Get tested for HIV and encourage your partner to do so too.
23. Take a bag full of toys to a local hospital that has a children’s ward.
24. Take younger members of your family for a walk in the park.
25. Donate some medical supplies to a local community clinic.
26. Take someone you know, who can’t afford it, to get their eyes tested or their teeth checked.
27. Bake something for a support group of your choice.
28. Start a community garden to encourage healthy eating in your community.
29. Donate a wheelchair or guide dog, to someone in need.
30. Create a food parcel and give it to someone in need.

Become an educator

31. Offer to help out at your local school.
32. Mentor a school leaver or student in your field of expertise.
33. Coach one of the extramural activities the school offers. You can also volunteer to coach an extramural activity the school doesn’t offer.
34. Offer to provide tutoring in a school subject you are good at.
35. Donate your old computer.
36. Help maintain the sports fields.
37. Fix up a classroom by replacing broken windows, doors and light bulbs.
38. Donate a bag of art supplies.
39. Teach an adult literacy class.
40. Paint classrooms and school buildings.
41. Donate your old textbooks, or any other good books, to a school library.

Help those living in poverty

42. Buy a few blankets, or grab the ones you no longer need from home and give them to someone in need.
43. Clean out your cupboard and donate the clothes you no longer wear to someone who needs them.
44. Put together food parcels for a needy family.
45. Organise a bake sale, car wash or garage sale for charity and donate the proceeds.
46. To the poorest of the poor, shoes can be a luxury. Don’t hoard them if you don’t wear them. Pass them on!
47. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen.

Care for the youth

48. Help at a local children’s home or orphanage.
49. Help the kids with their studies.
50. Organise a friendly game of soccer, or sponsor the kids to watch a game at the local stadium.
51. Coach a sports team and make new friends.
52. Donate sporting equipment to a children’s shelter.
53. Donate educational toys and books to a children’s home.
54. Paint, or repair, infrastructure at an orphanage or youth centre.
55. Mentor someone. Make time to listen to what the kids have to say and give them good advice.

Treasure the elderly

56. If you play an instrument, visit your local old-age home and spend an hour playing for the residents and staff.
57. Learn the story of someone older than you. Too often people forget that the elderly have a wealth of experience and wisdom and, more often than not, an interesting story to tell.
58. Take an elderly person grocery shopping; they will appreciate your company and assistance.
59. Take someone’s dog for a walk if they are too frail to do so themselves.
60. Mow someone’s lawn and help them to fix things around their house.

Look after your environment

61. If there are no recycling centres in your area, petition your area councillor to provide one.
62. Donate indigenous trees to beautify neighbourhoods in poorer areas.
63. Collect old newspapers from a school/community centre/hospital and take them to a recycling centre.
64. Identify open manhole covers or drains in your area and report them to the local authorities.
65. Organise the company/school/organisation that you work with to switch off all unnecessary lights and power supplies at night and on weekends.
66. Engage with people who litter and see if you can convince them of the value of clean surroundings.
67. Organise to clean up your local park, river, beach, street, town square or sports grounds with a few friends. Our children deserve to grow up in a clean and healthy environment.