The passing of Nelson Mandela illustrates a wonderful lesson of life. Here is a man, imprisoned for 27 years, who could have been, upon his release, bitter at the world. Instead, he believed, his fellow South Africans needed his positive leadership.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is in South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial, but that doesn't mean he's abandoned domestic policy debates. In fact, Cummings said he and other Democrats in the official delegation have used the trip to engage with Sen. Ted Cruz on Obamacare.
Many who spent decades in journalism as I did hesitate or hedge when asked to name the most important/interesting/influential/fascinating person they ever met. But I don't. One name clearly stands out: Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela's death has prompted many to reflect on how his words and brave actions would inspire them in their own efforts to fight racial inequality and to repeal the death penalty, which Mandela himself once faced.
A more compassionate attitude creates self-confidence. Self-confidence encourages trust. And trust forms the basis of friendship, whether be between individuals, between members of different religions or between nations.
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader for Tibetan Buddhists, will speak in May at the University of Maryland as part of the Sadat Lecture for Peace, an annual series that has drawn world leaders such as Madeleine Albright, Nelson Mandela, and Jimmy Carter.
Laurel resident Katherine "Miss Katie" Hopkins passed away six months ago at 104, but at St. Mark's United Methodist Church the spirit of Miss Katie was surely felt Dec. 1 at the first annual Katie Hopkins Scholarship Fund Concert and Toy Drive.