County Executive

Prince George's County, Maryland

Statement from County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Passing of Nelson Mandela

For Immediate Release: 12/5/2013 6:00 PM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson | (240) 619-9400

​Upper Marlboro, MD – Today, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released the following statement following the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela:

“Very few individuals throughout history have inspired the world to act in just causes of fairness, civility, and humanity like Nelson Mandela did.  His life reflects the fight for freedom and justice that millions of South Africans, continental Africans, and African Americans fought for centuries.  His strength, wisdom, conviction and grace were amazing. 

The 900,000 residents of Prince George’s County, MD, the most affluent predominately African American jurisdiction in the United States, join the world in mourning the loss of this great humanitarian whose legacy will never be forgotten.  Nelson Mandela taught us that the fight for freedom is not confined to continental boundaries.  Freedom and equality are causes that we should all be willing to stand up for and support no matter what the cost.  He inspired a generation, and South Africa and the world are much better thanks to his courage.  

Nelson Mandela once said, “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.”  As we move forward without him, let’s continue his legacy by conquering our fears, demonstrating compassion and respect for others, and building a global community of peace and love.”