Nelson Mandela

By: Nick Toler 7th

Nelson Mandela inspired and participated in peaceful protests against the racist policies of south Africa. Mandela organized a workers strike in order to end apartheid and was subsequently tried for sabotage, treason and violent conspiracy. After spending a total of 27 years in prison he was finally released by south African state president, Frederik Willem de Klerk. after continuing to fight for racial equality he wins the first multiracial election in South Africa.
Thoreau wrote about what he calls civil disobedience in an essay "but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law". Mandela believe the same thing as Thoreau and launched civil protest against the South African government. Both Mandela and Thoreau didn't like the way that the government was using its power so both tried to inspire people to evoke change in the government.