Nelson Mandela

Human rights activist

Early Life

Nelson Mandela was born to a highly placed tribal adviser in the year 1918. He was born in the South Africa Province of Mvezo. As a young child, Nelson spent a lot of his time farming and herding cattle. He attended a christian elementary school where he was given the name Nelson. When Nelson was young his father died between the year 1928 and 1930. Nelson was then sent to live with the chief of the Tembu tribe. There he impressed all of his elders and tribe members with his great intelligence and became very mature very quick. Many of the tribe members thought that he was going to become chief one day himself.
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Getting Invovled

While Mandela was a youth leader, he helped to coordinate labor strikes and campaigns to stop the unjust laws that were upon them. The strikes that Mandela helped with were often met by police brutality. Every time they would conduct a labor strike the police would beat and even sometimes kill the tribe members and the people who were protesting. During a labor walk between 1950 and 1952, 18 black people were killed and protesters, including Nelson, where beaten and jailed for going against the South African Government. Even though Mandela had to go to jail he still got involved by doing a lot of underground work to help the blacks protest. While Mandela was attending the University of Fort Hare, He was expelled for leading a student strike. That just goes to show you how early he started these strikes and that he was meant for helping people. Nelson also became South Africa's first president.

Choices and Results

Nelson Mandela was a man who had done great things before he went to jail and after. Before he went to jail he was a leader of a youth group and lead blacks and his tribe members to fight for what is right. Because of this he changed the world and made it a better place. Even though he was put in jail he still helped out the people of his country. His choice was to protest and go on labor walks and do a lot of other things that included messing with the government and then he got put in jail. he still left a great result on the country of Africa.

In His Words

Mandela came from a tribal father and had a good life in Africa but he still noticed that Africa was a place with a lot of racism and hate to black people. He might have been a young man but he had the smarts and the potential to make a change in his country and not yet did he know it, but the world. Mandela went to college to study law and he became involved in anti-colonial politics and joined the ANC. Since he studied law he thought that a lot of the things that were happening to his people were wrong so he knew that he had to help them. Mandela was a type of person that wanted to do the right thing even though it might have not been considered right at the time. He helped his people and fought for them because he knew what the South African government was doing was wrong and he knew that he had the ability to do so.

Words For Him

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” -Mandela

"I met Nelson Mandela, and I really didn't know what to say. It was years ago at a benefit. I was just in awe of this man because of what he'd done." -Robin Williams


Nelson Mandela had fought and done so much to help with the unfair treatment of blacks. When Mandela passed, on December 5th, 2013, in Houghton South Africa,Because of a respiratory infection, the word spread and a large amount sorrow and gratitude filled news outlets and social media. He helped Africa become a place with fair treatment. He left the world with great things and helped the world come this period where there is little racism. He is a great role model for young people trying to stop racism and is just a great person that impacted everyone's lives.


Nelson Mandela impacted society in a great way. He helped to support the reason of why everyone is created the same and should be treated the same and this lead to other people realizing that Mandela was right and that the people of the united states and the whole world should follow him in his chase for making things equal. Even though because of Mandela's great acts he was sent to jail, most people didn't think of him as a bad person and wanted to set him free. After Mandela had went on strike, Liberty walks, and fought for what his people and many others believed in he left his mark on the world and history.

Annotated Bibliography

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"Nelson Mandela." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

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"Nelson Mandela." Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 77. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 3 May 2016.

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Ruden, Sarah. "Mandela's secret South Africa." New Criterion 32.6 (2014): 10+. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

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Storey, Peter. "The great includer: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)." The Christian Century 131.1 (2014): 10+. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

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