Nelson Mandela

By Alicia Trimble - 5th Period

Quick Intro

Nelson Mandela was an African American activist who became a global advocate for human rights. He was a leader in peaceful protests, and his actions landed him nearly 30 years in prison in 1964. Because of his rebellion towards the government, he became the face for multiple human rights movements.
Nelson Mandela - Mini Biography

Mandela and Civil Disobedience

Nelson Mandela represents the ideas found in Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" through his actions to lessen the government and give some power back to the people of South Africa. In "Civil Disobedience," Thoreau says that, "the character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way." Mandela peacefully protests the corrupt government, in attempt to make a government for the people, and by the people, rather than an government for its own selfish gain.