Reflections on Nelson Mandela’s passing by Head of School Dick Bradford, sent to the Athenian community on September 6, 2013.
Dear Students and Colleagues,
As you know, Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday. We will fly the flag at half-staff until sunset on Monday out of respect for his life and work. Nelson Mandela was a man who dared to take on a country steeped in the culture of apartheid. He endured 27 years of imprisonment and emerged as the leader of the country that put him in jail. He changed forever the rule of apartheid, pushing South Africa, through the force of his will, into the 21st century. You should also know that among his many accomplishments and positions on the world stage, he was also for a number of years a Patron of the Round Square Conference of schools, which meant he was in direct support of the pillars of Round Square.