The death of Whitney Houston has not only robbed the world of a great singer and a most sublime voice, but also a staunch opponent of racism and apartheid.
Houston was a regular in concerts that supported the struggle of South African Blacks against White supremacy and Nelson Mandela also lauded her as a devoted comrade in arms, in her own small but significant way.
A devout Christian, she was a staunch believer in a world without prejudices and she always abhorred war and its destructive effects, especially on the young, sick and infirm.
She also supported Earth Day, along with Michael Jackson, which highlighted the importance of conservation and recycling for our own survival.
Whitney leaves not just a legacy of great music, but also one of honest idealism against prejudice, war and suffering.
RIP Whitney Houston. We will always love you.