Beyoncé's Open Letter To This President Might Break You Down In Tears...

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Beyoncé's Open Letter To This President Might Break You Down In Tears...

"I remember taking that walk with you back to the prison on Robben Island..."

Published November 29, 2018

In honor of Global Citizen’s honorable Mandela 100, which will eulogize the incredible legacy of Nelson Mandela, the late First President of South Africa, global anti-apartheid political icon and Father of the Nation, Beyoncé is reflecting on the personal moments and impact he imprinted on her own legacy as well.

  1. The worldwide music iconess published the letter via Sowetan Live where she reminisced on her first-ever encounter with Mandela
    Nelson Mandela and Beyonce during "46664: Give 1 Minute Of Your Life To AIDS" Concert - Show at Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
    (Photo: Jon Furniss/WireImage)

    Bey shared that she met him for the first time in 2004 at the 46664 Aids Benefit Concert in Cape Town, South Africa. The exchange was one Bey will forever hold near and dear to her heart as she passes the virtues she received from him down her own line of heritage. “Your kindness and gratitude for every experience, and your ability to forgive, are lessons I have learned and will pass on to my three children,” Bey wrote. “My entire family holds you in high regard.”

    CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 28:  Nelson Mandela with singer Beyonce Knowles at a press conference on November 28th, 2003 for "46664 - Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS" on Robben Island, off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. The concert will take place at Greenpoint Stadium on November 29th and will benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the fight against AIDS in Africa. Artists performing will include Bono, Queen, Peter Gabriel, The Eurythmics, Beyonce, Youssou N'Dour, and many other international and African musicians. It will be one of the biggest rock events ever staged in Africa and will also be the most widely distributed media event in history with a potential audience of more than 2 billion people in 166 countries.  (Photo by Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nelson Mandela;Beyonce Knowles
    (Photo: Getty Images)
  2. As Bey makes her way to South Africa this week to observe and celebrate Mandela 100

    She added her admiration for the many roles as a “strategic warrior,” “bold activist” and “charismatic leader,” which Mandela valiantly took on during his 95 years on earth. The “Freedom” songstress tapped back into another cherished experience she had the honor of sharing with Madiba at a Robben Island prison as well. In 1962, Mandela began a lengthy incarceration sentence starting on the Table Bay region where he would spend 18 of his 27-year prison sentence.

    Beyonce standing next to Nelson Mandela's cell where he was held prisoner (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
    (Photo: Jon Furniss/WireImage)
    beyonce knowles outside Nelson Mandelas prison cell on Robben Island where he spent 18 years. pic taken on november 28th

pic by Dave Hogan
    (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
  3. ‘I recall your measured but focused steps in as you recounted the stories of the struggles, the sacrifices and your resilience,’ Bey continued…

    “You smiled as you talked to a crowd of artists and their guests, including my mother, who first told my sister and me about the great Nelson Mandela. In that moment I truly understood your heart and humility.” Completing the heartfelt words with a promise to Mandela, Bey pledged to preserve these memories and use them to nourish her faith, morality and fortitude in, ultimately, making the world a better place just as Madiba exemplified throughout his life.

    “As we celebrate the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, honoring your centennial year, I promise you that we have made your dreams our own,” she concluded. “Your work and your sacrifices were not in vain. I will cherish every moment shared in your presence and use the lessons learned from you as fuel to stir positive ideas and solutions.”

    *Grabs a Kleenex*

    Read Beyoncé’s full “Dear Madiba” letter here.

Written by Diamond Alexis

(Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


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