Black Women for Positive Change Mourn the Passing of Nelson Mandela

Dec 5, 2013

Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC), a national, civic network of progressive, activist women
and “Good Brothers” extends condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela, the first Black President
of South Africa. “It is an honor to have lived during the same era as Nelson Mandela,” stated
Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester and Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, BW4PC National Co-Chairs in a joint
statement, “He was a giant of a man and the epitome of grace, dignity and leadership. Nelson
Mandela served as a role model of leadership for the world. He was a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, a
father, a husband and a diplomat, who in spite of spending 27 years in a South African Prison,
embraced men and women of all races and nationalities with humanity, compassion and a spirit of

The members of BW4PC feel sadness and express their sorrow to President Mandela’s family and to the
people of South Africa. Faye Morrison, Charter Member of BW4PC in Boston, Massachusetts said, “I
knew he was sick but, Nelson Mandela passing hurts.” Stephanie Myers, National Co-Chair stated, “As
college activists during the 1960’s, we demanded Nelson Mandel be freed from prison, and I can
remember dancing with joy the day he was released.” Patricia Duncan, Charter Member of BW4PC in
Denver, Colorado stated, “One of my favorite quotes from President Mandela was ‘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.’ He was truly a leader to all mankind and has earned his eternal peace.”

Black Women for Positive Change
National Civic Network
P.O. Box 78211, Washington, DC 20013

For Immediate Release                  Contact: S. Myers  202-347-5566