Nelson Mandela’s Journey

by VanessaPace on March 14, 2014 - 5:00pm

Nelson Mandela was born in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa, on July 18th, 1918. He became involved in a movement called “the anti- apartheid “movement, in the ages of his 20s.Mandela also joined the African National Congress, in 1942.He did many influential good deeds in his lifetime, he also directed a peace campaign, non-violent  defiance against the government of South Africa and its policies of racism. The noble peace prize of South Africa was awarded to Mandela. Mandela was known as the first black president of South Africa, in 1994. “Mandela and Tambo” was a law firm founded by Mandela, it provided free and low cost legal counsel to help and represent blacks in court. Mandela and 150 others were arrested in 1956, and charged with “treason” for their political advocacy. They were then eventually acquitted from this charge. After this event a breed of black activists believed that their methods were ineffective, and soon split up and formed the “Pan-Africanist Congress”. This group negatively affected the African National Congress, and they then loss their military support because of this. Mandela was committed to non-violent protest, but later on believed that armed struggle was one of the single ways he could achieve a change. He then held a three day workers national strike. In the following year of 1963 he was arrested for leading this strike, and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was brought to prison once again, but this time he and 10 other African National Congress leaders were sentenced to life imprisonment for political offences, such as sabotage.  Offers of release were made to Mandela after he was in prison, on the condition he renounces violence and Mandela refused. In February 1990 the government declared the African National Congress legal and Mandela was to be released from prison. He was released from prison at the age of 71, and he was then named the head of the African National Congress. In 1994 blacks in South Africa would now have the opportunity to vote for their rulers. After that at the age of 75 Mandela was elected president by the people.  It was truly a historical moment that made a difference in the world.  Mandela proved himself to be a master politician and knew when to compromise. In 1999 Mandela stepped down as president of the African National Congress. He used his power and place to help the civil war in Barramundi. After stepping down from president he still helped human right organizations and aids awareness. Mandela died December 5th , 2013 , and will be remembered as one of the peaceful freedom fighters of our time. He is a symbol of how one man can truly make a difference in the world and support freedom for all. Mandela will continue to be a source of inspiration for  civil right activists around the world. Mandela through his life time has given back to the people .After his death , in the year 2009 they named the day of his birthday which is July 18th  , Mandela Day. This was an international day to promote worldwide peace and to also celebrate Mandela’s South African legacy.  He was truly an inspirational figure in our world, and made many changes for the best.  


I find this post to be very interesting because I am currently doing a research project on Nelson Mandela and his way of protesting. This post gave a lot of great facts about Mandela and highlighted a lot of the focal points in his life in the area of protesting. I personally look up to Mandela and what he not only did for South Africa, but did for the world as well. He fought in what seems to be the never-ending battle of race, and was able to be triumphant against the white majority in power. In my family, we have always been taught to treat others how we want to be treated, and that everyone is equal. One person is no better than another, no matter what they were born into or accomplished. Mandela saw this as well. Mandela took an interest at a very young age in the history of South Africa, and noticed that it has not been as peaceful, especially for the black Africans, since the white Europeans took over. Mandela wanted to create peace and equality for everyone in South Africa. I would like if you were to take this post an focus on the points of how he protested, and what he did to gain a voice and influence. This post did a great job of summarizing Mandela’s life, but I would be more interested to see your point of view on Mandela’s actions and accomplishments during his times of protest. I admire his patience on how long he patiently waited in jail, refusing to turn down his political position for freedom. Mandela saw what was important and what needed to be done in order to reach his goal of equality.

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