On Thursday, December 5th, the world lost a great man.  Former South African President Nelson Mandela passed away, leaving a legacy of courage and strength.  Fighting against and dismantling the South African system of apartheid, Mandela led a nation, impacted the world, and provided inspiration for many along the way.   This Nobel Peace Prize laureate preached peace and reconciliation in spite of having been imprisoned for 27 years for fighting for what he believed in.