Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela was the first black president of South Africa. He wanted equal rights given to blacks and whites in South Africa, no matter what the cost. He was also involved in the anti-apartheid movement and joined the African National Congress. Nelson Mandela was a great leader who stood up for what he believed in and did not care what it did to him. He thought that there should be societies that remember its pasts, listens to all its voices, and to pursue social justice.
Nelson Mandela had a vision for an equal society in South Africa between blacks and whites. While Nelson Mandela was in prison he managed to smuggle a message of solidarity out of the prison to be read to the delegates. On the streets though security police moved through the townships, arresting anyone suspected of anti-apartheid activities, even children under the age of sixteen! Mandela in prison was only a symbol that the nation was a prison for black citizens. This meant that the black citizens thought that the only reason that he was in jail was because he was black.
Nelson Mandela had great integrity along with his good friend F.W. De Klerk, the president of South Africa. In 1993 Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize for the role he played in ending the apartheid in South Africa and for the commitment he made towards the bringing of peace in the spheres of conflict around Africa. De Klerk was influenced by his mother who had a gentle vision and more liberal views. He ended the ban on outlawed anti- apartheid organizations; he also promised that Mandela would be freed without conditions. Before Mandela went to prison, the ban of the ANC required him to stay in Johannesburg and he was prohibited from attending public meetings. Mandela realized that new ...

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...e in South Africa the black citizen majority vote would go to the polls to elect their own leaders. When it was time for the actual debate Nelson Mandela attacked the National Party quite firmly. He accused the National Party of fanning race hatred between coloreds and Africans in the Cape by distributing an inflammatory comic book that said the African National Congress’s slogan was “killed a colored, kill a farmer” (537). Later Nelson Mandela apologized for the behavior and admitted he was a little too harsh on the National Party.

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