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The Inspirational Story of Nelson Mandela
Transcript of The Inspirational Story of Nelson Mandela
His father was going to be a chief but lost his title and status
After his father died, Mandela was adopted and regained his status because of this
Around the age of 16 was when he started to become engrossed in African history joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1942
many inside the ANC believed that the "polite" tactics being used were ineffective
Founded a law firm, Mandela and Tambo with Oliver Tambo, and provided free/low cost legal help
1956 Mandela and 150 others were arrested for protests, then acquitted
He orchestrated a three-day strike in 1962 and was arrested for it in 1962
Sentenced to 5 yrs. and then while on trial again in 1963 was sentenced to life in prison Before Mandela's Imprisonment: Imprisoned on Robben Island for 18 of his 27 years in prison, where he got the worst treatment
He earned a Bachelor of Law degree in prison
Getting Mandela out of prison became an international issue because he was a symbol of black resistance
He was released in Feb. 1990 and the president Frederik Willem de Klerk removed the restrictions on the ANC that were previously put in Mandela's Imprisonment: Elected president of ANC in 1991
April 27, 1994- South Africa's first democratic election
At 77, Mandela was inaugurated as the country's first black president
1993 he shared the Nobel Peace Prize with de Klerk and in 1995 was awarded the Order of Merit
1994 his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, was published, much of which was written in prison.
1995 South Africa held the Rugby World Cup which brought them recognition and prestige
1996 Mandela signed the South African Constitution which established a strong central government with majority rule and guaranteed rights for minorities Mandela's Presidency: Helps rural communities with schools and clinics
treated for prostate cancer in 2001 and returned to his home village of Qunu in 2004 at the age of 85
Mandela and "The Elders", world leaders, banded together to find solution to problems around the world i.e. women's rights, humanitarianism, promote democracy and peace
Committed to the fight against AIDS, which killed his son in 2005
He was married 3 times and has 6 children
2010 he made his last appearance at the Rugby World Cup and returned to Qunu
He visited with Michelle Obama when she visited South America in 2011
His health is a concern now at 94 years old.
The South African government is looking to make Mandela Day, July 18, a national day of doing good deeds. Video Clip: Sources: youtube.com