The Legacy Of Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela was born on July 18th, 1918 in Mvezo. Born into a royal family of the Thembu tribe, his father, Gadla Henry Mphakanjswa served as chief of their home village. When his father passed away in 1930 Mandela was adopted by Jongintab Dalindyebo. As the Active King of the Thembu people he began to prepare Mandela for a leadership role within the tribe. Mandela was the first in his family to receive a formal education, which he conducted at a local missionary school. After that he attended the Clarkebury Boarding and Healdtown. In 1939, he entered a western-style higher learning institute at the University of Fort Hare. However, the following year he was kicked out for boycotting against university police. Later he fled home after…show more content…
It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”. Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. On August 12th, 1988, Mandela was taken to a hospital and was diagnosed with tuberculosis. On February 11th, 1990, he was released from prison. He continued to try and end white minority rule and in 1991 was elected ANC President. 13 days after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Nelson Mandela went on to become the first democratically elected President of South Africa. In 1999, he stepped down as president as he had previously promised. He passed away at his home in Johannesburg on December 5h, 2013. Nelson Mandela’s impact reached further than just South Africa, his legacy has impacted the world on a global level. There’s not a person that will be born within the next 100 years that won’t know the name Nelson Mandela. He became a global impact because of his determination to what he believed in. No matter how many times he got kicked down he got up stronger than ever. Even when faced with the death penalty he continued to fight, never giving up. Mandela promoted nonviolent solutions to the issues facing his country. Rather than rebelling he encouraged the idea of peaceful protests rather than resorting to violence. These ideas have been seen numerous times since, from Martin Luther King JR. to the modern gay rights movements of today. However, these were

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