Today, we once again celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, a transformational global leader and freedom fighter who dedicated his life to eradicating apartheid and colonialism to make our world more peaceful, equitable and just for all mankind.

While each July 18th, we miss former President Mandela’s presence on this Earth, we all should make a commitment to walk as he would, embrace our neighbors as brothers and sisters with love and fight against injustice in all its forms. As we commemorate his birthday 100 years ago, let us reflect on Madiba’s legacy in leading the people of South Africa to emancipation, unifying them in the spirit of compassion and courage and inspiring people around the world to realize their greatest dreams no matter what adversity they may face.

Happy Birthday Madiba.