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Nelson Mandela



Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918–2013) was a South African leader in the fight against apartheid and institutional racism in South Africa. He was imprisoned for twenty-seven years on Robben Island, refusing to be released early in exchange for renouncing his beliefs. Four years after his release from prison, Mandela became the first Black president elected in a fully representative election in South Africa, and he served as head of state from 1994–1999. Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously in 2014.

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Mandela ‘Back’ in His Robben Island Cell | BBC News

Watch this emotional clip as Nelson Mandela goes back to Robben Island and remembers his time there as a prisoner.

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‘Hope Is a Powerful Weapon’: Unpublished Mandela Prison Letters

A new volume offers insight into the personal and political life of one of the 20th century’s most influential freedom fighters.

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Nelson Mandela Explains the Importance of Humility | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network

In this compilation of 'Oprah Show' clips, we reflect on Nelson Mandela's powerful presence and timeless words of wisdom.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThere can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.

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Mandela and the Question of Violence

One should never lose sight of why America preaches nonviolence to some people while urging other people to arms.

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The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

Organized chronologically and divided by the four venues in which he was held as a sentenced prisoner, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela begins in Pretoria Local Prison, where Mandela was held following his 1962 trial.

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First Person: Riding Along on Nelson Mandela’s First U.S. Tour

For Americans of all races, the Mandela visit was a celebration of triumph of right over wrong and an opportunity to see a giant of history.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageMay your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

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Read the Most Important Speech Nelson Mandela Ever Gave

What began as a statement by an accused prisonor became, over the 29 minutes it took Mandela to deliver it, his best known and most important speech. It was a recounting of his story up to that point, an expression of his views and a morally forceful argument on behalf of his cause.

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Nelson Mandela's Five Most Memorable Speeches

Excerpts from 'An ideal I am prepared to die for' and other memorable speeches by Mandela.

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