Essay on African National Congress Youth League

1024 Words Aug 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Nelson Mandela was a strong leader who never gave up on what he believed to be right, even when the task seemed impossible. He led the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) to fight the Apartheid laws in South Africa. Many people looked up to Mandela as a great leader and their hope for equal rights. Even though he spent a total of 27 years in prison. Nelson Mandela led his people by example, doing everything he could to fight apartheid and standing strong. After many long hard years, the government was won over and apartheid was gone. Mandela was elected President and led the country for 5 years before retiring. Mandela has left behind a great legacy; he is the icon of reconciliation and forgiveness, of holding together a country that everybody thought would fall apart.

On the 18th of July, 1918, Rolihlahla Mandela was born in a small South African village in the Transkei region. In his younger years, before European conquest, Mandela would fill his time with simple pleasures such as playing in the hills or swimming in the river. At the age of seven, Mandela went to school; the first in his family to do so, and was given the English name 'Nelson '; a name that would stick for life. Nelson Mandela was first inspired by the idea of a democratic government when he was young; listing to the elders tell stories about the Thembu government and how all men were allowed to speak. When Mandela was 22, he first got a taste of what life was like for black people in South…

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