Do You Hear the People Sing for Nelson Mandela?

990 WordsFeb 1, 20184 Pages
Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela was born in the small village of Mvezo in the South Africa in 1918. He is known better by the name Nelson, which was given to him by his school teacher in the year 1925. Activism seemed to be in his blood from a young age, as he was asked to leave the University of Fort Hare for participating in a boycott of the Student Representative Council voting. He eventually joined the African National Congress (ANC) with his friend and mentor Sisulu and Oliver Tambo. In the year 1948 the South African Government introduced a new apartheid policy, and Mandela and the ANC quickly worked to protest the new segregation laws. It was his fight against the apartheid that causes him to be remembered and revered throughout the nations of the world. Mandela was fiercely opposed to apartheid, and once he was freed from prison the government began to change; his leadership fell short after he was elected president however. The dictionary definition of the word apartheid is “any system or practice that separates people according to race, caste, etc.” However when most people think of apartheid, they think of the injustices carried out by the Republic of South Africa starting in 1948. The enactment of these laws caused racial discrimination to be legalized as well as an encouraged practice. There were many laws with the apartheid such as the prohibition of marriage between a white and non-white and the requiring of blacks to carry around “pass books” which
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