Nelson Mandela

What is past is past

"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." - Nelson Mandela

His Background

  • He was born on 18th July 1918 in the little village of Mvezo, in Qunu in Southern Transkei, into the royal family of the Tembu (a tribe).
  • He is one of the 13 children of his father's four wives and the youngest of four boys.
  • When Mandela was nine his father died and Mandela's uncle, the head of his tribe, became his guardian.
  • Mandela was the first of his family to go to school, beginning his primary education when he was seven at a Methodist missionary school, where he was given the name Nelson. His education continued at the Clarkebury School.
  • On his registration Mandela started a bachelor of arts degree at the African Native College of Fort Hare but was expelled with Oliver Tambo for participating in a student strike.
  • He was sentenced to life in prison on 12th June 1964, because he was fighting against racism and rights for black people.
  • He and his cousin ran away to Johannesburg to avoid arranged marriages and for a short amount of time he worked as a mine policeman.

His cause and methods

Nelson Mandela was fighting against racism and rights for black people in South Africa, as he himself was a black person. He believed that everyone should be treated equally and have the same rights. He was fighting against racism and rights for black people because South Africans had been living under the apartheid system for a very long time which separated life for black and white people, since the election in 1948, and it was time for a change. He wanted to get rid of the apartheid system, establish universal sufferage and holding free democratic elections, that had been a life long goal in which he received the Nobel peace prize for.

He fought for what he believed in though alot of hardship and dermination towards his goals. He finally managed to acheive his life long goal and set all the blakc people of south Africa free from racism and oppression.

In my opinion

I think that Nelson Mandela did a really good job of being president, it took him awhile but he finally got there through hardship and perseverance, and yes hes right that everyone should be treated equally even if they are a different colour or race etc.

I also think that his methods of protesting etc, were effective and worked well for him.

I don't think I would have done things very differently, if anything.

He received the nobel peace prize

Friday, Oct. 15th 1993 at 9pm

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Oslo

The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 1993 to Nelson R. Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new, democratic South Africa.