BLSA Canada Mourns the Loss of Anti-Apartheid Leader Nelson Mandela

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The Black Law Students’ Association of Canada Mourns the Loss of Anti-Apartheid Leader Nelson Mandela

The Black Law Students’ Association of Canada (BLSA Canada) extends condolences to the family and friends of the late Nelson Mandela.

BLSA Canada’s national executive, constituency, allies and supporters of social justice worldwide are deeply saddened at the loss of a phenomenal human rights leader. Though he is no longer with us, he leaves behind a legacy that inspires others to fight for unity and equality. Globally, he will be remembered as an icon who stood for freedom and demonstrated profound courage and determination.

BLSA Canada is a national student-run non-profit organization founded in 1991. We are committed to supporting and enhancing academic and professional opportunities for black law students in both official languages. This commitment extends to black high school and pre-law students and the community generally through our mentorship initiatives and the newly founded BLSAC Cares. BLSA Canada and its chapters at law schools nationwide are concerned with challenges faced by the black community as they relate to the legal system. Launching various initiatives to promote increased representation of black students in law schools and assist in facilitating their success are a priority. As well, this organization strives to provide safe spaces for discussions on subjects such as access to justice for marginalized groups and the improvement of the administration of justice.

BLSA Canada embraces the spirit of tenacity Mandela epitomized. Before he rose to international prominence, Mandela was a law student.  As black law students, we are privileged to live in a time where we can learn from his life’s work and continue his legacy as we move forward in the pursuit of racial equality and social justice.

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. – Nelson Mandela

© 2010 by Nelson R. Mandela and The Nelson Mandela Foundation

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