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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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Obama’s Complete Nelson Mandela Memorial Speech

President Barack Obama’s full speech at memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

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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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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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Nelson Mandela at Harvard

Nelson Mandela was given an honorary doctoral degree from Harvard University in a special fall convocation on September 18, 1998. Introduced by former University President Neil L. Rudenstine, Mandela delivered an address in the Tercentenary Theatre of Harvard Yard.

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Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

“Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history—and then go out and change it.

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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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FindCenter Quotes ImageI 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.

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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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