Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, July 18, 1918
When I first heard of Nelson Mandela it was the year of my high school graduation in 1990. For some reason we didn’t hear a lot about the injustices that were taking place with other people of color around the world. But I did know he was a man who served 27 years in prison for trying to end Apartheid and the unfair treatment of Africans. What’s so amazing about his life is that after serving his time in prison, just four short years later in 1994 he became the President of South Africa.
At his trial in 1964 he proved how much he loved his people and why he was qualified to one day be president when he made this statement in court,
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to the struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. 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.”
The prison bars couldn’t keep him in bondage because he had a mission to accomplish and that was to see the chains of Apartheid destroyed in his country and abroad.
Happy Birthday Mr. Mandela
My Favorite Quotes by Nelson Mandela
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”