English 10 Period 4
1 March 2012
Born to Lead: Nelson Mandela
All over the world Nelson Mandela is known as a man who fought and strove for black rights in a land that was filled with the corruption of apartheid. As Alistair Boddy-Evans, an acclaimed science and history professor points out, being born into a situation where he was destined to become a political advisor gave Mandela a strong sense of leadership (2). Mandela’s unending efforts finally paid off in April of 1994, when South Africa had the first election ever that blacks were allowed to be a part of (Boddy-Evans 6). In his inaugural address in 1994, Mandela expresses his joy in saying “Never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another… Let freedom reign. God bless Africa!” (qtd. in Boddy-Evans 6). Nelson Mandela is an awe inspiring man who took a stand for black Africans in the heat of apartheid oppression. In his early years, Mandela joined the ANC (African National Congress), which begun his lifetime battle with apartheid ideals. As Bill Keller, a well-known and popular author points out, South Africa was in the midst of apartheid, an African word which plainly means “apartness”. The apartheid system created systems of laws that prevented the combining of whites, blacks, and other races, but soon after turned into the exaltation of whites and oppression of blacks (35-36). Biography.com, a website that specializes in gathering information on noteworthy people, writes that Mandela, being strongly against apartheid, joined the African National Congress (ANC) in hopes of playing his part in the anti-apartheid effort. However, not finding the ANC to be aggressive enough, Mandela and a few of his colleagues created the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), hoping that the ANC would adopt more methods of civil disobedience and protest (2). The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, a site dedicated to...
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