University of Maryland Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski "It's important to remember that while today we celebrate his life and for years we have revered him that there where times during his life that he was not revered. There was a time in which people questioned what he was doing, and he had the courage to remain true to his beliefs. "The message for all of us is that it's important to do the right thing even when it is not the popular thing. The only way to truly celebrate his life is to look at how children in South Africa are doing today. He taught us to speak for those who could not speak for themselves. That is our challenge, whether we are in South Africa or in our own country."