Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul , passed away in Detroit, Michigan, on August 16, 2018. She is known as one of the greatest signer of soul, gospel and other music genres. Aretha Franklin once said: "I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music." Her music inspired people from all over the World for over 6 decades and left them feel whole.
South African anti-apartheid hero, known as Mother of the Nation, and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has passed away. She was aged 81. She and her former husband Nelson Mandela, led and became the symbols of the stuggle to liberate South Africa from the apartheid. They endured suffering, including long term jails.
When her husband was jailed for close to three decades, she remained at the forefront of the liberation movement, coordinating undergroung activists, from inside the country. Her tenacity eventually led to the victory and the release of Nelson Mandela, who became the first president of the independent and free South Africa. She also served in the government.
Reverend Billy Graham died Tuesday February 20, 2018. He was at age 99. He will be remembered as one of the greatest Christian pastors in America and around the World. But he was also renowned for his unequivocal advocacy for racial equality, both in the United States and around the World.
Her life is beyond remarkable. It is an epitome of pain, suffering, hope, survival, overcoming, and success. Most of all, it is a testimony to humanity winning over human evil, and transforming human perseverance into a victory against all odds.