The Friday 56: Long Walk to Freedom

the-friday-56Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

In light of Nelson Mandela’s death, I wanted to honour his amazing life by highlighting a quote from my copy of his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. 

Back Bay Books (Little, Brown and Company), 1995, 637 pages

In the 1940s, traveling for an African was a complicated process. All Africans over the age of sixteen were compelled to carry “Native passes” issued by the Native Affairs Department and were required to show that pass to any white policeman, civil servant, or employer. Failure to do so could mean arrest, trial, a jail sentence or fine.

Here’s to how far South Africa has come and how far it has yet to. Today my heart and prayers are with all my African brothers and sisters.

Peace,

Deb

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