Nelson Mandela, 1952

Kendrick Lamar Wants Young Fans to Honor Nelson Mandela by Learning About His Life

Kendrick Lamar 2013

Kendrick Lamar

As we all mourn the death of world icon Nelson Mandela, 26-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar took to Twitter to suggest that his more than two million followers to take the opportunity to learn about Mandela’s life:

“Advising all my young ones that follow me to research a small piece of Nelson Mandela Life. That’s how you pay your respect…… GO!”

Nelson Mandela, 1952 at Africa's first Black Law Firm

Nelson Mandela, 1952 at Africa’s First Black Law Firm

A good place to start may be with his autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom — the inspiration for the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which has hit a few select U.S. theaters — with a wider release set for Christmas Day.

Starring Idris Elba as Mandela, the film explores his fight to end the system of apartheid in South Africa in the 1950s/60s and his 27-year incarceration before becoming President.

Mandela passed away Thursday at age 95 after months of concern for his health. News of his death broke during Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom‘s London premiere.

The film has set a box-office debut record in South Africa, where it earned $427,000 in its opening week.

[thanks colorlines.com]