Nelson Mandela

((1918 - 2013) / Mvezo, Cape Province, Union of South Africa)

Nelson Mandela
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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born 18 July 1918) is a South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before being elected President, Mandela was a militant anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

Born to the Thembu royal family, he was educated at Methodist schools before attending Fort Hare University, where he became involved in anti-apartheid politics. In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela went on to serve 27 ... more »

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  • Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short- term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of fr...
    Nelson Mandela (b. 1918), South African political leader. Statement, April-May 1964, to the court in the Rivonia trial, South Africa. quoted in Fatima...
  • ''Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.''
    Nelson Mandela (b. 1918), South African political leader. statement from prison, Feb. 10, 1985. quoted in Higher than Hope, pt. 4, ch. 30, Fatima Meer...
  • ''“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ''
  • ''“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” ''
  • ''“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ''
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