Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela


He was born on July 18, 1918 in South Africa. He became involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s and he joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies. In 1962, He was arrested for leading a three-day national workers’ strike and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Since then, he began his 27 years’ life in prison. Eventually, because of international sanctions, he was freed in 1990. (2015)

After that, he led the African National Council in its negotiations with the governing National Party and various other South African political organizations for an end to apartheid and the establishment of a multiracial government. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work toward dismantling apartheid. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black President. In 2009, His birthday was declared “Mandela Day” to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader’s legacy. He passed away at his home on December 5, 2013 at age 95. (2015)

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" I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” (Speech from the dock quote made by Nelson Mandela on 20 April 1964)


Mr. Mandela was driven by an unshakeable belief in the equality of all people and his determination to overthrow the system of apartheid in South Africa. (Nelson Mandela Foundation, 2015)


The first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999.




Even though Mandela was imprisoned, he could not do anything, but he insisted on exercising his body, such as running, doing push-ups. He didn’t give up himself in his hardest time of his life, which makes me admire him so much. I learned to never give up on things and always have hope towards life from Mandela. I need to believe that life is always getting better.


Mandela’s work to against the apartheid is worthy and laudable. Because he succeeded in making all persons in Africa have equal opportunities, which made more people in Africa have a better life. Moreover, to accomplish it, he dedicated a lot and almost imprisoned for life. Everyone should be thankful to him and never forget what he done for the world.


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