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Jerry P. Becker

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Keep the memory of Nelson Mandela alive
Posted: Dec 7, 2013 10:51 PM
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>Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:10:51 -0500
>From: Lorretta Johnson <>
>To: <>
>Subject: Keep the memory of Nelson Mandela alive
>Dear Jerry,
>Nelson Mandela, former South African president and anti-apartheid
>leader, leaves behind a legacy of courageous leadership that will
>inspire generations to come.
>As AFT President Randi Weingarten and I said in our statement last
>night, "The lesson of Nelson Mandela's life is that we do not have
>to accept the world as it is-we can remake it as it should be. His
>insistence on reconciliation rather than recrimination stands as an
>enduring gift of grace and courage to us all."
>I am inviting you to
>your name to this condolence book. President Randi Weingarten and I
>will take these names to the South African Embassy next week when we
>go to sign the book ourselves.
>Nelson Mandela's life and historic achievements continue to instruct
>us in today's struggles for equity, civil rights and opportunity for
>all. His moral compass still provides direction to those efforts and
>will guide us for as long as we honor his memory and celebrate his
>legacy. Many of us have been part of this history; however, young
>people today have little, if any, knowledge of these times and
>During this time of mourning, people around the world will celebrate
>the life of Nelson Mandela. The AFT has several instructional
>materials for the classroom, based on the film "Mandela: Long Walk
>to Freedom," that will inform and inspire students. I suggest that
>you bring Nelson Mandela's story into your school in the coming
>can access free lessons on the Share My Lesson website (registration
>is required).
>In unity,
>Lorretta Johnson
>AFT Secretary-Treasurer
>your friends, families and others sign the condolence book too.

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