Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela was born in the village of Mvezo, on the eastern coast of South Africa, on 18 July 1918. In 1930, when he was only 12 years old, his father died, leaving him to depend on his mother. Mandela was brought up listening to the elders’ stories of his ancestor’s bravery during times of war, sparking a fire in him to contribute to the freedom struggle of his people. Nelson Mandela would go to on boycott his university, because of its treatment of colored people. He would eventually be thrusted onto a national stage, and spend many years behind, and later be elected the President of South Africa. This essay will cover Mandela’s many movements including his time in jail that led to the ending of Apartheid. He attended South African Native …show more content…
Through this, Mandela earned a Law Degree through a correspondence program. During this time the South African government came up with a plan to kill Mandela, by allowing him to escape, but killing him during the recapture, this plan was thwarted by British intelligence. Mandela was only allowed to see his wife and kids once every six months, which took an emotional toll on him. But he also kept himself busy by smuggling out political statements, and a draft of his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” which was eventually published five years after his release.
Also during his years in prison, Mandela remained a major leader in the antiapartheid movement. His friend, Oliver Tambo, introduced a “Free Nelson Mandela” campaign in 1980, that made him a household name and also served as fuel for the fire of the international push against South Africa’s discrimination regime. Eventually pressure mounted, and the South African government began to negotiate the freedom of
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Even after his presidency came to an end, Mandela continued to fight for those who needed help, and he continued to be a champion of peace and social justice not only in South Africa, but also around the world. He established many organizations committed to addressing various global needs and helping people cope with human suffering. In 2002, Mandela became a vocal advocate in the awareness and treatment of AIDS, a disease which claimed the life of his son Makgatho, and is the most rampant in South Africa than any other country in the

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