- Bill Gates remembers Nelson Mandela’s legacy, shares his favourite picture of the icon with Gates Sr
Life is after all a string of photographs that capture the shining moments of one’s life. Every now and then, we take a stroll down memory lane to cherish the memories and live in the bygone moments once again.
On Nelson Mandela International Day, billionaire Bill Gates took to his LinkedIn account to share a throwback picture of the iconic leader.
The 66-year-old shared a picture of his father Bill Gates Sr and former US President Jimmy Carter with the historic anti-apartheid activist.
The Harvard dropout called it one of his most treasured pictures. The photograph was captured when Gates Sr was touring South Africa along with the former US President.
The business magnate, in his post, stated that Mandela had taken Gates Sr and Carter to a clinic that cared for infants born with HIV. Extolling the virtues of Mandela, Bill said that as reporters and photographers were busy clicking pictures, the leader picked up one of the babies and embraced it in his arms.
To Bill, Mandela’s gesture exemplified supreme kindness. Mandela’s act of kindness was indeed a great gesture considering the times when people were afraid of HIV transmission. The founder of Microsoft said that Mandela’s legacy endures as a reminder that it is possible to solve big challenges.
“This is one of my favorite photographs ever. During my dad’s visit to South Africa, Nelson Mandela took him and President Jimmy Carter to a clinic that cared for infants born with HIV.
:As reporters and photographers looked on, he picked up one of the babies and held it in his arms. During a time when people were afraid of HIV transmission, Mr. Mandela exemplified how we can fight stigma and spread reliable information. His legacy lives on as a reminder that it’s possible to solve big challenges,” read the LinkedIn post.
Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated on July 18 each year to commemorate the birth anniversary of the icon who fought for social justice for 67 years.
The United Nations officially declared the day in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day celebrated on July 18, 2010. The day is observed to celebrate the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world.