The State of the Nation address delivered by the new South African president Cyril Ramaphosa reminded me those of two other statesmen, Martin Luther King, Jr and Barack Obama. They all believed deeply that all men are equal before the law. Check out the three quotes chosen from their speeches:
Martin Luther King, Jr, Speech at the “March on Washington, August 1963:
“I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the hue meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
President Barack, Obama, Inauguration speech, January 2009
“We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness”.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, State of the Nation address, February 2018
“In celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela, we are not merely honoring the past, we are building the future. We are continuing the long walk he began, to build a society in which all may be free, in which all may be equal before the law and in which all may share in the wealth of our land and have a better life. Now is the time to lend a hand.Now is the time for each of us to say ‘send me’. Now is the time for all of us to work together, in honor of Nelson Mandela, to build a new, better South Africa for all”.