Nelson Mandela, An Unexpected Hero When most people think of South Africa, the first name that comes to mind is Nelson Mandela. Born in 1918, during a time when white men held most of the power, there was a system of segregation against ‘colored people’ called apartheid. Throughout his life, Mandela worked to fight against this segregation and endured extreme human rights violations. Nelson Mandela is a hero because his efforts were a contributing factor in bringing an end to apartheid and he influenced major changes within the county of South Africa. Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his young life fighting to end the system of apartheid.
What kind of acts makes someone a hero? What some people see as a hero to themselves others see as a villain. A hero can be anyone; everyone in this world is a hero to somebody. People argue that not everyone has the same drive and determination that others do and not everyone is willing to go the extra mile therefore not everyone can be a hero. They are afraid to step out of their comfort zone or do anything that takes risks.
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