Nelson Mandela AKA Madiba.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – S.A
Born: July 18, 1918, in Transkei, South Africa.
Died: December 5, 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa.
He is an integral part of the history of human rights. An advocate for peace, unity, and love from a very young age. Mandela was known for preaching the truth no matter how bitter that was. His followers and the people of South Africa called him ‘Madiba’ which means father.
Hearing elders’ stories regarding ancestors’ valor during the wars of resistance, he also dreamed of contributing to his people’s freedom struggle. As a young man in Johannesburg, S.A, he experienced firsthand the impact of Apartheid. Where racial segregation, unequal rights, and poverty among the black majority were the norm. With fellow ANC leader Oliver Tambo in Johannesburg in 1952, he established South Africa’s first Black law practice. This law specialized in cases resulting from post-apartheid legislation. Also played an important role in launching a campaign of defiance against South Africa’s pass laws. Which required non-whites to carry documents known as “Passes” to authorize their presence in areas that the government generally reserved for the white population.
Spent 27 years in jail to bring down the injustice and oppression from South Africa. Even though known for his fight for black people’s rights. When he became the president of South Africa, he worked to make unity among white, black, and other minorities. He did not stop his work at the end of the apartheid. He knew his work was not done and needed to inspire the next generation of South Africans to continue to press for unity, growth, and equal opportunity. Even after his retirement in 1999, he continued to work with his Advocacy for Social and Human rights.