Donahue Harrilal, St Ann
He epitomised perseverance. For somebody to be locked up in prison for so long, standing up for justice and what he believed in and to come out and become president, it showed that no matter how many years it might take, if you want something you can achieve it.
Edward Jefferson, St Ann
His honours and awards are symbols to motivate us blacks, to show that we can achieve whatever we put our minds and our hearts to. My hope is that we could have more strong and positive black leaders like Nelson Mandela.
Kamala Robinson, St Elizabeth
Nelson Mandela stood up for equality in a time when racial segregation was legislated (apartheid) and this, in itself, gives me a sense of pride about who I really am, racially and ethnically. Mandela stood for the triumph of dignity and hope over despair and hatred, of self-discipline and love over persecution and evil.
Alwyn Brown, St Elizabeth
To me , he was a man like myself who respects the value of education and freedom. For the race I belong to, he alongside men like Martin Luther and Malcolm X are the true embodiment of freedom. Not only in rights but mental freedom.
Althia Loban, Portland
Nelson Mandela, for me, was a true hero, who paved the wave for the termination of the apartheid system in South Africa. He was a liberator, freedom fighter, and civil-rights leader, who would later go on to become president of South Africa. He was incarcerated for 27 years and there is no doubt that he blazed a trail of glory and redemption, along with the liberation of black people.
Dennis Marsh, Portland
Mandela was a true rastaman at heart. For a man - a black man - to spend that much time in prison and to later become president is a remarkable accomplishment. His struggles for the liberation of black people changed the course of history in South Africa, which laid the foundation for the rights of black people in other countries. Mandela is an icon, hero and a legend, who has left us a rich legacy. It is a sad moment now that he has passed on.
Elton Johnson, St Catherine
Nelson Mandela to me was a great leader for black people, and based on what I've read, during his years of representation he was a strong person, who had high motivation and uplifted black people. As such, he has inspired and motivated me.
Christal Edwards, St Catherine
For me, Nelson Mandela is a hero because he fought for black people and even went to prison, so without a doubt he is a hero.