Nelson Mandela And Taking On Apartheid

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Nelson Mandela and Taking on Apartheid Nelson Mandela was one of the most beloved and inspiring men in the world. He led a long and interesting life, and for much of it he was wrongly imprisoned. He fought endlessly for the rights of his people, and his journey is actually very similar to another civil rights activist from the United States: Martin Luther King Jr. However, while Martin Luther King Jr. is very well known, Mandela doesn’t get quite as much recognition, especially in the United States. This essay puts forward the notion that, as Nelson Mandela was one of the most powerful and influential men in the world, he deserves the same level of recognition that Martin Luther King Jr. gets. This essay will explore his early life, imprisonment, and his battle against Apartheid. Nelson Mandela never stopped fighting for freedom, and because of his dedication and the difference he made for so many people, it is vital that we remember him and the contributions he made to the world. When discussing Nelson Mandela, it is important to start with his early life, as this period of his life was instrumental in forming his personal ideals. He was born on July 18th, 1918, into the Thembu tribe in South Africa. Within the tribe, and the city Mveso, his family was essentially royalty, and his father served as chief. His mother was his father’s third wife, and had thirteen children total. Mandela was born with the name Rolihlahla, and after his father died, he was adopted at the age of nine by a high-ranking regent of Thembu named Jongintaba Dalindyebo. (“Nelson Mandela”). Eventually, Mandela would become well-known in South Africa by his clan name: Madiba. (Jason Straziuso). This name was considered a sign of respect, and shows how loved M... ... middle of paper ... ...nearly twenty years, he never stopped working to improve the lives of his people. It is this that helped to make him an icon, and is part of why he should be more well-known, even – or perhaps especially – outside of his own country. It is true that Mandela wasn’t fighting for the rights of those in the U.S., but his work against apartheid represented a larger social change. It is because of Mandela – and Martin Luther King – that the United States eventually denounced South Africa’s government. Ultimately, Mandela refused to go quietly into the night when the government tried to make him stop. He fought back, and by doing so he gave a voice to thousands of others fighting against inequality all around the world. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela both fought the same battle: the battle against inequality, and it is for this that they deserve to be remembered.

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