Nelson Mandela provided a vision and a moral compass, not only for South Africa, but for the world. Celebrating his life is to refuse to accept that inequality is normal, that injustice can be tolerated, and that addressing poverty, ignorance, and disease in so much of the world is someone else’s responsibility.
Currently, in the state of California, transgender students’ rights are in contention. It is our responsibility as community members to become educated about transgender issues. Challenge yourself to think critically about how our society systematically discriminates against those who do not conform to gender norms.