These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Nelson Mandela was a figure of international renown, and many details of his life and career were public knowledge. But here are six things you may not have known about the late South African leader. He was a boxing fan. In his youth, Nelson Mandela enjoyed boxing and long-distance running.
Well, for Nelson Mandela, this was no movie. Growing up in South Africa under the Apartheid system of government meant these things, and worse, were part of daily life. But Nelson Mandela was a fighter.
Instead of bowing down to this unjust system of government, he became a lifelong warrior in the battle to free South Africa. Mandela played a part in many dramatic demonstrations against the white-ruled government. His career in the ANC was cut short in when he was sentenced to life in prison.
The notorious Rivonia Trial, as his sentencing was called, is now seen as nothing more than a cruel ploy used by the white South African government to silence Nelson Mandela once and for all.
But even while in prison, Mandela continued to be a beacon of hope for his people who carried on the struggle against Apartheid in his absence. Inafter 27 years of imprisonment, Mandela was freed. His release marked the beginning of the end for apartheid.
In less than five years after his release, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and elected president of South Africa. Today, thanks to the self-sacrifice of Nelson Mandela, apartheid has been outlawed.
Everyone in South Africa now has an equal opportunity at home and at work to live comfortable, productive lives. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended. A great resource on Mandela.
Several of the contributors to My Hero: Read their essays on myhero. For Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela is a hero because because he understands what it means to fight against enormous odds.
For Paul Rusesabagina, Nelson Mandela is a hero because he showed that words are much more powerful than weapons. Read More Related Books.Nelson Mandela was a South African politician who became President of South Africa from to He was born on July 18, Mandela was the son of a tribal elder and lived during the apartheid laws, a time when black and white people were forbidden to mix or have the same rights.
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Watch video · Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president in , following a year anti-apartheid campaign. Read more about his life and legacy, and explore videos, photos and more, at. Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, , in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.