Nelson Mandela

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N.Mandela in his cell on Robben Island (revisit} 1994

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013), an anti-apartheid leader, was the first president of a free, democratic South Africa.

  • Mandela_e_Evelyn_1944Political party: African National Congress (ANC), one of several anti-apartheid parties. It was for multiracial, socialist democracy.
  • Race: Black
  • Ethnicity: Xhosa
  • Education: British
  • Religion: Methodist
  • American terrorist watch list: 1980s to 2008
  • Heroes: Joe Louis, Samora Machel
  • Wives:
    • 1944-1955: Evelyn Mase (pictured), cousin of Walter Sisulu
    • 1958-1996: Winnie Mandela
    • 1998-2013: Graça Machel, widow of Samora Machel
  • Milestones:
    • 1950s: an ANC leader, practises nonviolence
    • 1962-1990: Political prisoner, mainly on Robben Island
    • 1993: Nobel Peace Prize
    • 1994-1999: President of South Africa
    • 2013-: sanitized icon
  • Best quote: “Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.”

Apartheid: Like Jim Crow in America, it kept the races apart with Whites on top and Blacks at the bottom. Asians and Coloureds (mixed-race) were in between. Blacks could not vote, were shut…

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~ by Mbeti on December 19, 2013.

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