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Prisoners Who Inspire Us: Nelson Mandela

Written on May 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm, by btpkris

Nelson Mandela was born July 18, 1918, in South Africa. He became an anti-apartheid activist initially committed to nonviolence following the example of Mahatma Gandhi. After repeated and severe violent reaction from the South African regime, he became a leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress as a last resort. In 1956 Mandela was arrested for treason; during his trial, in a speech to the ANC in 1961, Mandela said:

Nelson Mandela, 1961 (

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to the 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.”

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