Nelson Mandela was the leader and co-founder of the ANCs` military wing – MK. They were responsible for many terrorist attacks and the death of many innocent civilians. He was imprisoned for his terrorist activities. For years a man cut off from the world, Mandela became after his 1990 release an internationally recognizable icon. This book is about the different, interconnected stories, histories, values and symbols that Nelson Mandela embodies. Across his life Mandela has filled a rich range of roles: handsome city-slicker, dashing guerrilla, the millennial savior figure by examining these different roles as well as the principles which lie behind and motivate them.
Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. He was the son of a local tribal leader of the Tembu tribe. As a youngster Nelson, took part in the activities and initiation ceremonies of his local tribe. However, unlike his father Nelson Mandela gained a full education, studying at the University College of Fort Hare and also the University of Witwatersrand.
Nelson was a good student and qualified with a law degree in 1942. During his time at University Nelson Mandela became increasingly aware of the racial inequality and injustice faced by non white people. In 1994, he decided to join the ANC and actively take part in the struggle against apartheid.
Nelson Mandela has taught us the power of struggle without giving in to opposition. He has taught us the importance of high ideals and principled objectives. Mandela’s words, “The struggle is my life,” are not to be taken lightly. Mandela personifies struggle. He is still leading the fight against apartheid with extraordinary vigor and resilience after spending nearly three decades of his life behind bars. He has sacrificed his private life and his youth for his people, and remains South Africa’s best known and loved hero. Mandela has held numerous positions in the ANC: ANCYL secretary (1948); ANCYL president (1950); ANC Transvaal president (1952); deputy national president (1952) and ANC president (1991). Discussion
Not all freedom fighters live to see their struggle bring about the change they are fighting for in their lifetimes. Sometimes, they set the stage for the next generation to realize the fruits of their labor. Social change happens when individuals make a choice to fight for justice and against oppression. Mr. Mandela’s struggle achieved his desired outcome. South Africa is now a democratic country with a constitution that guarantees rights for its entire people. Evaluation
As he stated in his autobiography, Mandela began his life as a freedom fighter gradually, rather than in an impulsive and sudden move. While at university, through hearing from men such as Xhosa poet Mqhayi and Professor Z.K. Matthews, he began to question his assumptions about the black man’s role in a white man’s world, perhaps setting the stage for his life’s work. His education continued and his struggle for freedom began. Both would continue throughout his lifetime. The purpose of this activity is to use Nelson Mandela’s leadership traits and skills as a way to help family members think about the qualities of leadership in general, and in their own lives.
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