Celebrating the Life of Nelson Mandela

Contact: Alba Cruz-Hacker
Phone: 202-223-4777


December 10, 2013


As we celebrate International Human Rights Day today, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) joins the world in celebrating the life of a great leader, Nelson Mandela, who touched the lives of so many by standing up for what he believed in.  Mandela’s message that “education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” continues to inspire all of us towards higher achievement, said HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo.  Moreover, “Mandela’s victory in ending apartheid in a nation of 30 million was a revolutionary moment in our collective history,” said Mr. Pozo.   Indeed, Mandela was the first South African president to be elected in a democratic election, a milestone that he accomplished after spending 27 years in prison.   He is also credited with improving the living conditions of millions in South Africa.  His message of peace has resounded throughout the world. “We are all grateful for his many contributions,” said Mr. Pozo.  The HNBA celebrates the life of this Nobel Prize Winner and encourages all of us to make a difference by becoming active leaders in our communities.


About the Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972,  the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed.  The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community.  While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow.

For more information, please visit www.hnba.com.