Hero: Nelson Mandela
From Then To Now
Heroes do not only make a difference but inspire. Heroes are important to give hope and guidance to younger and future generations. A hero is not a person who has super powers or who wears a cape but is someone who makes a major difference in one’s life. Nelson Mandela first black president of Africa in 1994, and earning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
“I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.”
– Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918, in the tiny village of Mvezo, on the banks of the Mbashe River in Transkei, South Africa. He became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movements in his 20’s.Mandela Joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against the South African government and its racist polices including the 1952 Defiance Campaign and the 1955 Congress of the People. He founded the law firm Mandela and Tambo, partnering with Oliver Tambo, a brilliant student he’d met while attending Fort Hare. The law firm provided free and low-cost legal counsel to unrepresented blacks.. Mandela and South African President F.W. de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to dismantle the country’s apartheid system.
Mandela soon became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement, joining the African National Congress in 1942. Within the ANC, a small group of young Africans banded together, calling themselves the African National Congress Youth League. Their goal was to transform the ANC into a mass grassroots movement, deriving strength from millions of rural peasants and working people who had no voice under the current regime. Specifically, the group believed that the ANC’s old tactics of polite petitioning were ineffective. In 1949, the ANC officially adopted the Youth League’s methods of boycott, strike, civil disobedience and non-cooperation, with policy goals of full citizenship, redistribution of land, trade union rights, and free and compulsory education for all children. One of the hurdles he had to overcome was the fact, He was charged with leaving the country illegally and inciting workers to strike. He was convicted and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment which he began serving in the Pretoria Local Prison. On 27 May 1963 he was transferred to Robben Island and returned to Pretoria on 12 June. Within a month police raided a secret hide-out in Rivonia used by ANC and Communist Party activists, and several of his comrades were arrested.
The most meaning contribution had to be. Zuma released a statement later that day, in which he spoke to Mandela’s legacy: “Wherever we are in the country, wherever we are in the world, let us reaffirm his vision of a society … in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another,” he said. For decades to come, Nelson Mandela will continue to be a source of inspiration for civil rights activists worldwide. In 2009, Mandela’s birthday was declared Mandela Day, an international day to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader’s legacy. Nelson Mandela never wavered in his devotion to democracy, equality and learning. Despite terrible provocation, he never answered racism with racism. His life has been an inspiration to all who are oppressed and deprived; to all who are opposed to oppression and deprivation.
Nelson Mandela was a very intelligent man. He believed in the right thing and was never discouraged about things that stood in his way. Mandela had a personality that was caring and it affected a lot of people worldwide not just in Africa. His inspiration drove people to always fight for what you believe in and not to follow others. Believe in yourself. Mandela had stayed true to his work and continued the work he had started with the children’s fund.