The Legacy Of Nelson Mandela

1350 WordsJan 3, 20156 Pages
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one 's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” ("Nelson Mandela." History). Nelson Mandela, a anti-apartheid activist, became one of the world’s most significant freedom fighter. His numerous acts and protests flooded South Africa with immense pride and peace and therefore grew South Africa into a thriving, substantial economy with minimal racial boundaries. Nelson Mandela was a prominent political leader who brought a dynamic end to the apartheid struggle, fought for equal rights of all individuals, and became the nation’s first black South African leader. Though Mandela experienced a normal childhood, he soon felt the hardships in a white-dominated education system. Nelson Mandela, son of Henry Mandela, originated from the Xhosa Tembu speaking people of South Africa. Due to his father’s position, Mandela rejected his claim to chieftainship and followed his dream to become a lawyer. (“Hero of”) When Mandela attended a missionary school, he quickly noticed the domination of European culture when he closely read the history books. He noticed that the book depicted whites as notorious heroes and blacks as savage beasts. Trifled by his education, Mandela attended two years at Fort Hare College where he obtained server punishment for trying to organize a student strike, which led to the downfall of his successful college years ("Nelson Mandela."). Mandela became a respectful leader of his Youth

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