Nelson Mandela tributes are — rightfully so — coming from every media outlet. Newspapers honored him with giant photos and tributes. The New Yorker featured a powerful illustration of Mandela on its cover. Now Time has announced a special issue dedicated entirely to the South African hero.
Rick Stengel, Time’s former managing editor who collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, has a piece. Morgan Freeman gives an inside look at how he got the role of a lifetime — playing Mandela in Invictus. There’s also a fantastic photo essay by Pulitzer winner David Turnley.
As Stengel explains in his beautifully written essay, part of what made Mandela so powerful was his understanding of when not to use that power:
He could have been President for life, but he knew that for democracy to rule, he could not. Two democratic elections have followed his presidency, and if the men who have succeeded him have not been his equal, well, that too is democracy. He was a large man in every way. His legacy is that he expanded human freedom. He was tolerant of everything but intolerance. He deserves to rest in peace.
Time’s Mandela issue will hit newsstands Monday. Time’s regularly scheduled issue, featuring Carl Ichan on the cover, is available today.