Nelson Mandela Biography

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“I have fought against white domination, as well as black domination, as well as white 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 achieve. If needs be, it is an ideal which I am prepared to die.” (-Nelson Mandela “I am Prepared to Die” as found on www. looktothestars.org). Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was the first black nationalist and South African president from 1994-1999. Mandela led negotiations with the white government to transition into non-racial democracy. Nelson Mandela improved the lives of many in his country and our world by ridding the system of apartheid and abolishing South African governmental discrimination. Mandela’s life was filled with many accomplishments, legendary stories, and has been a true inspiration to many around the world. Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 at the Cape of Good Hope. Mandela had been born the son of tribal chief of Mvezo. In total, Mandela had a total of 12 sisters and brothers. Growing up in African culture, Mandela did have education, some being involved with the Methodist church, and had a thorough understanding of European culture as well. As for Mandela’s later education such a college, he had attended South African Native College (now known as Fort Hare) and later studied law at the University of the Witwatersrand; and had passed the examination to become a lawyer. This study of law by Mandela sparked interest in the new shift to apartheid government. As Mandela had gone through many years leading many violent and peaceful protests towards the new apartheid system, he had been arrested several times with the court charges of tre... ... middle of paper ... ...lieve he was a very accomplished man, to creating the first black law all the way to winning the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. I admire his idea and power to take a stance on a unlawful topic, and never willing to give up. I admire his confidence, his dignity, and his hope that he has for all situations to somehow get better. He didn't just fight for himself, as he had stated in his "I am Prepared to Die" speech, but he mostly cared for the other around him. Before I had done this report, I had a relative perspective on who he was, but once I really began researching Mandela and his life, I found that Mandela was a truly respectable man. In the world today, got communities where they never thought they could have been in a time of only years of time. He made outstanding reforms, and his ideas and use of power were phenomenally put to use, to make the world a better place.

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