Feb 11 Justice was made and Mandela was at last free. He is another important icon of the fight for Civil Rights and a defender of the philosophy of Non-violence.
As we have watched Invictus in class, it is good to know a bit more about the peace leader.
You can read a short biography:
Nelson Mandela was born in a small African village called Ounu on 18th July 1918. At that time, many white people in his country were rich and powerful, but black people were poor and had no rights. When he was studying law at university, Mandela decided that he wanted to change this. He become interested in politics and when he finished university, he opened the country's first black law company. His family wasn't happy about this because they wanted him to be the chief of his village. Many white people were also unhappy and tried to close his company down, but they were unsuccessful.
In 1994, Mandela helped to start a political organisation for young people called the ANC Youth League. He really wanted to change the political system and improve eveyone's lives, black or white. The government thougth the ANC was a dangerous organisation. In 1960, they made it illegal to join the organisation. If you joined it, you could go to prison.
In 1962, Mandela went to prison. The government said he could leave prison if he changed his political ideas, but he refused and became famous around the world. The political situation slowly improved and, in 1990, the government finally released him. In 1993, he won the Nobel Peace Prize and in 1994, he became the country's first black president.
Unfortunately, he passed away the 5th December 2013, leaving his inspiring life to all of us.
Thanks Nelson Mandela, thank you Mandiba for existing.
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