Nelson Mandela Biography

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Nelson Mandela a world renowned personality will always be remembered for his long fight against a unfair government which endorsed racism. He became a hero to people all over the world. This essay is about how he faced great difficulties in his life, yet was able to achieve what he believed in by going up against the rules set by society. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Africa in Mvezo. Nelson Mandela’s father died when nelson was only 9. Nelson Mandela was the first person in his family to attend school. He became an activist with the African National Congress and started the African National Congress Youth League. According to…show more content…
He refused to be dominated, just on the basis of the color of his skin. Mandela bravely held on to his own sense of what was right in spite of being pressurized by the government. The White government tried various tactics such as putting him behind the bars to ensure that he would adapt himself to their ideologies, but he refused to comply with this. Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962 for blowing up buildings. He was charged for trying to violently overthrow the government. He was sentenced to life in prison on Robben Island in South Africa. Nelson Mandela spent the next 27 years of his life in prison. He was put into a small cell and allowed to meet only his wife once in six months. He had to put in long hours of hard labour during his imprisonment. Any other weaker person would have given in to such pressures, but Mandela refused to cave in. He refused to bend on his principals in order to be released, and said that he was willing to die for his ideals as he wanted Apartheid abolished. All through his life he walked on a path which not many have the courage, determination and strength to. He was finally released through international pressure in 1990. In South Africa the laws had now changed. Apartheid was no longer there and had abolished all thanks to this one man and the anti apartheid movement that he had started. He had created a new democratic government in South Africa. He was named the new president of South Africa in 1994 and became the first black president of South Africa. Nelson Mandela died in 2013 on the 5th of
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