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By Brett Thrailkill
A person doesn’t have to wonder for long who Nelson Mandela is with an Oscar Award winning actor, Morgan Freeman, portraying him. The multi-award winning actor does a dynamic job of playing real life political great, Nelson Mandela-one of the best of our generation. Mandela was imprisoned for sabotage and confined to a cell in a South African jail for 27 years. He was released in 1990, and four years later became the president of South Africa .
Because he has been the face of the racial equality fight in South Africa for more than 60 years, Nelson Mandela has been honored by some of the most prestigious awards known to man. Some of his U.S. and international awards include: the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Peace and Freedom Award, the Bremen Solidarity Prize, the United Nations Human Rights Fourth Award, the Lenin Peace Prize, the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, and the Atatürk International Peace Prize and many more .
As president of the African National Congress (ANC), Nelson Mandela was influential in getting South Africa out of the stone ages of segregation. Admired globally as a strong proponent of equal rights for all, Nelson Mandela is a world-class hero. A Long Walk to Freedom tells of his early years as a poor student and law clerk in Johannesburg .
The foster son of a Thembu chief takes us inside his early political development, and his key role in the beginning of an inactive ANC during the 1950s. He explains to us the fight to unite his political activity with his commitment to his family, the heartbreaking end to his first marriage with Winnie, and the subsequent split from his children. Brought to life for all to experience, is the rising political conflict in the fifties between the ANC and the South African government, ending in his eventual imprisonment. Read first accounts of the ongoing, intricate concessions for his release, bringing apartheid to an end .
If you should read just one book this year, make it A Long Walk to Freedom. More than a feel good book of inspiration, it captures the progress of a people–a movement to gain their right within their own homeland. Defeating one of the most dominant and effective systems of tyranny ever conceived by man has been a long time in the making. But Mandela teaches us equality among all of Africa’s citizens is well worth the fight .
I leave you with this quote by Mandela: ” You may succeed in delaying, but never in preventing the transition of South Africa to a democracy. ”
Read more at Nelson Mandela and Nelson Mandela books .
Bakr Sindi Says; Let’s have a look at Some Quotes for Mr. Mandela :
Nelson Mandela Quotes
These quotes have been compiled by Catherine Pulsifer
Let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanism which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates. Let the striving of us all, prove Martin Luther King Jr. to have been correct, when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war .
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership .
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living .
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite .
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others .
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children .
Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment ?
When I think about the past, the types of things they did, I feel angry, but then again that is my feeling. The brain always dominates, says, as I have pointed out, you have a limited time to stay on Earth .
Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfil themselves .
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear .
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right .
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires .
I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife .
But the problems are such that for anybody with a conscience who can use whatever influence he may have to try to bring about peace, it’s difficult to say no .
” After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. ”
Nelson Mandela ;
” Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. ”
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