Adia Alford, 6th
Throughout his years before becoming the President of Africa, Mandela strived to destroy discrimination against African Americans in the country. For his actions he was imprisoned. Outraged, people all around the country protested against his arrest. Furthermore, years after his release on February 11, 1990, Mandela was elected president in 1994.
Mandela, his wife, and supporters walking with pride after his release from prison.
Mandela supporters marching in central South Africa against his arrest.
Nelson Mandela after his speech 'A Black Man in a White Court'
Remembering South African leader Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela spent a majority of his life in prison for his protest against oppression towards African Americans. In 1952 he was elected the National Volunteer-in-Chief of the Defiance Campaign. This act of civil disobedience stood against 6 unjust laws against African Americans. His speeches and protest against these laws caused the arrest of Mandela himself and 19 other members. Mandela spent 27 years of his life in prison, never once feeling regret for his protest to help make his country equal for all. Author Henry Thoreau, who was also arrested for his refusal towards the government, wrote in his book Civil Disobedience, "All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable" saying when the time is right, slowly bring down the politic leaders. Mandela built an army against his government, causing a change that impacted South Africa for the better. Now people of all race work together to better themselves. Because one man decided to take a stand against the evil of discrimination.