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Nelson Mandela life

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Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela believed in anti-apartheid, and his goal was for all African people to have equal rights.   Unfortunately, he was willing to take lives for the causes he believed in and was brought to stand trial in 1964.   He made a statement before he was sentenced to life imprisonment:
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. 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.”
Mandela was eventually freed from prison after 27 years, as a result of great pressure from the international community. After his release in February of 1990, he continued to attain the goals he and others had laid out decades earlier—to achieve a just and equal society for people of all color.   In 1993, Mandela and President de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work toward dismantling apartheid.   On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the country's first black president, with de Klerk as his first deputy.   Even though it took years, Mandela never stopped believing, and at the end, he achieved his goal.   As he once said “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
In the winter of 1964, Nelson Mandela arrived on Robben Island where he would spend 18 of his 27 years in prison. He was put into a small cell, he had the floor as his bed, a bucket for a toilet and he was forced to do hard labour. He was allowed one visitor a year for 30 minutes. He could write and receive one letter every six months. Mandela eventually got the most brutal prison officials to submit to his way. He assumed leadership over his jailed comrades and became the master of his own prison. He emerged from it the mature leader who would...


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