Nelson Mandela

It has only been a few days since his passing but I can read, watch and know that Nelson (Rolihlahla) Mandela has not been forgotten. I must admit, I didn’t know anything about Mandela so I did some research via the net and read a couple papers about him.

Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. [Apartheid = ‘the state of being apart’, literally ‘apart-hood’ a system of racial segregation in South Africa … More info]. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a democratic election. His government focused on dismantling apartheid via tackling institutionalized racism, poverty & inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically he was an African nationalist and democratic socialist; he served as President of the African National Congress. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement.

nelson-mandelaMandela served 27+ years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. He was released in 1990, during a time of escalating civil strife. Mandela joined negotiations with President F. W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994, which he led the ANC to victory and became South Africa’s first black president. He published his autobiography in 1995.

Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life. Though he was denounced as a Marxist terrorist by critics, he gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honors, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Soviet Order of Lenin and the Bharat Ratna.

mandelaMore information about Mandela:

The Life & Times of Nelson Mandela

19 Inspirational Quotes from Nelson Mandela… on my way to going back to school, #9 really spoke out to me: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013 – interactive timeline – Two years after I was born = when music & politics come together for the Mandela concert Wembley stadium. While I was graduating high school, Mandela was leading his prestige in the global fight against poverty. Mandela makes his last public appearance at the 2010 World Cup.

6 Things Mandela believed that most people won’t talk about

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