Nelson Mandela 's Rights Of Humanity Essays

1964 Words May 19th, 2016 8 Pages
Imagine South Africa’s situation today- if Nelson Mandela had never fought for the rights of humanity. Since colonial times, colored-people in South Africa were seen as second-class despite the clear non-white majority. Any person not classified as white, was treated as a lesser man. At this point, the idea of racial equality seemed impossible. Until this one man gave up his life and his own safety to ultimately change the world. Nelson Mandela abolished racial inequality within South Africa and many places worldwide. Mandela formed his legacy throughout his early-life, imprisonment, and within his presidency.
Early Life: His father gave him the birth name Rolihlahla on July 18th, 1918, in Mvezo. Mandela’s mother was his father’s third- of his four wives. His father was a counsellor to the king of the people of the Thembu royal house. He was also a great leader of the Xhosa clan. His father passed away when Mandela was only 9 years old, "experiencing great grief so much as feeling cut adrift" (Nuttall para 4). He concluded the cause of his death was lung cancer. Altogether, Mandela had three full-sisters, three half-brothers, and six half-sisters. Both of Mandela’s parents were illiterate, however because of that- his mother sent him to a local Methodist primary school when he was around seven years old. Baptised a Methodist, they gave him the first name Nelson, in line with the tradition of giving all the children, who attended the school- Christian names.
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