Nelson Mandela A South African Civil Rights Activist Essay

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Nelson Mandela a South African civil rights activist once said, “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Nelson Mandela was a strong man who fought against the odds for the what he believed in, even if it had cost him his life. Nelson Mandela’s involvement in civil disobedience was due to personal influences, he chose to participate in civil disobedience to protest unfair segregation laws in South Africa, and he did achieve success using this controversial method of standing up for what he strongly believes to be right. Civil disobedience is when a person or group protests a law that they find morally wrong. The person is usually peaceful and will accept whatever consequences arise due to breaking the law (Suber). People use civil disobedience to draw attention to the laws they find morally wrong and to get the laws changed (Starr). To understand Nelson Mandela’s role in civil disobedience, one must first have knowledge of his personal life. On July 18th, 1918, Mandela was born in a small village called Mveso in Transkei, South Africa. Mandela’s original name, Rolihlahla, stands for “trouble maker” (Nelson : The). Nelson Mandela’s mother’s name was Nonqaphi Nosekeni, and his father’s name was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela (Biography). Mandela’s father was a…

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