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Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela is recognized for his leadership as a peacemaker and for distinctive aspects of his peacemaking practices all throughout the world. He was the leader of one of the most incredible political transitions in human history. Mandela is known as one of the great moral and political leaders of our times; an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa, won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. In his autobiography, A Long Walk to Freedom, he explains the tragedies and triumphs he has seen throughout his life. In the book, you get a glimpse of his life and how he became one of the greatest civil rights leaders in human history. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is a South African black Nationalist and statesman whose 27 year imprisonment, from 1962–1990, and later his presidency from 1994-1999, symbolized the aspirations of South Africa's black majority. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist and leader of the African National Congress. His autobiography states that he was the son of Chief Henry Mandela. Instead of following his father’s suit, Nelson Mandela abandoned his claim to the chieftainship and become a lawyer. He attended the University College of Fort Hare and studied law at the University of Witwatersrand. He later passed the bar exam to become a lawyer and in 1952 opened a law firm with Oliver Tambo. In 1944, Mandela joined the Congress (ANC), a black-liberation group, and five years later, he became one of its leaders. He helped to revitalize the organization and opposed the apartheid policies of the ruling National Party. He along with other young individuals began the difficult task of transforming the ANC into a mass movement, gaining its strength and motivation from the millions of working individuals in the towns and countryside; the peasants in the rural areas and the professionals. Mandela impressed his peers and became an...

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