Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born july 18 in 1918 in the small village of small village of Mvezo in the Umtata district, capital of the Transkei. He was born to Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, who was a counsel to the Thembu king. His mother was one of 4 wives married to Mphakanyiswa, his mother was the third wife. At about the age of 7 mandela became the first person in his family to attend school. Here he give was given the name "nelson" by a methodist teacher . At about the age of nine his father had passed on so mandela was left to the care of the Regent, Jongintaba, but instead of going to be schooled by the regent he went to the Wesleyan mission school that was right next door. Following Xhosa custom's he became initiated at the age of 16. he then proceeded to attend Clarkebury Boarding Institute to learn about the customs and teachings of western culture, here he earned his certficate of juniors in two years instead of the usual three. at the age of 19 he enrolled at the Wesleyan college in Fort Beaufort, where most thembu attend. Upon entering university of Fort Hare with his Bachelor of Arts, near the end of the first year he became involed in a boycott with the Students' Representative Council against the campus police and security services, shortly afterwards he was asked to leave by fort beaufort. He then proceeded to go to joanaesburg where he became an articled clerk at a friends law firm. He then proceeded to complete his studies at the university of south africa by correspondance. I myself find it fit so see him as a hero and not a villian.

Being a young and active student Mandela became involved with fighting the white government denial of political, social, and economic rights to South Africa's black majority. He joined the african national congress in 1942 and then repectfully founded its "Youth League"with help from Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and others involed with fighting the opression. When the Afrikaans ganed victory in 1948 with there...
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