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Nelson Mandela Great Man Huge Accomplishments

Nelson MAndela what he has done for South Africa.

Nelson Mandela has helped changed human rights in South Africa. In 1944 Nelson Mandela Joined the African National congress or the ANC which was a Black Nationalist group. Nelson Mandela spent his life helping and leading the resistance against the government’s policy of apartheid, the legal separation of races. He took part in the ANC’s 1952 Defiance Campaign and the 1955 Congress of the People, whose adoption of the Freedom Charter provided the basis of the anti-apartheid cause. During this time, Mandela and fellow lawyer Oliver Tambo operated the law firm of Mandela and Tambo, which provided free or low-cost legal counsel to blacks who lacked attorney representation. In 1960 the government banned the ANC. Nelson Mandela argued for a military group in the ANC, then the Umkhonto we Sizwe was formed. In 1963 Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the ANC were arrested for plotting to over throw the government on 12 June 1964 Nelson and 8 other members were sentenced to life imprisonment. Nelson Mandela wasn’t released until 1990.While Nelson Mandela was in prison he gathered world wide support for the fight against apartheid, he was regarded as a symbol of equal rights and justice. When he finally was released in 1990 he played an important role as ANC president in negotiation of the end of apartheid. Then in 1994 he was elected president of South Africa, in 1996 Mandela signed the countries new constitution of fair human rights and anti discrimination. Nelson Mandela is looked upon very highly around the world and is the most revered man in South Africa.

What shaped Nelson Mandela’s views on Human rights? Well first of his skin colour was black so this meant that he was standing up for his own rights against black segregation. When Nelsons Mandela’s father died Nelson was marked to follow in his father’s footsteps but he wanted to be a lawyer so he could help his people become free and to have equal human rights. When he went to collage he quickly made a name for himself and became part of the students representative council he then went on a protest boycott after which he was suspended from the college. As you can see right from an early age Nelson Mandela was compelled to stand up for his human rights and help out other needy people.

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  1. Leonardo da Vinci E.

    On October 17, 2009 at 11:14 am

    A man who should not be forgotten by history. If South Africa now has one of the best constitutions in the world (which I suspect it has), then Sir Nelson will never be forgotten.

  2. Joman

    On November 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    i saw the invitcus movie, then this article. I’ve never heard of Nelson Mandela before, but now that I have, I find that he one of the greatest man that has ever lived

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