History's HEROES? Dated 18 July 1918 - 5 December 2013

Nelson Mandela

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  • Nobel Prize for Peace
  • Distinctions of the United Nations
  • Order of Merit
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom


  • Brave / Courageous
  • A good and strong leader
  • Clever
  • Inspiring / Charismatic
  • Ambitious
  • Wise
  • Just and fair minded


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

The man who abolished the apartheid

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who fighted against the apartheid. After 27 years in prison, he became the President of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, South Africa. He was a member of Thimbu royalty and his father was chief of the city of Mvezo. He attended school and later the University of Witwatersrand. At Witwatersrand, Mandela got his law degree and met some activists against apartheid. 1944 he became a leader in the African National Congress (ANC). At first he pushed hard for the congress and the protesters to follow Mohandas Gandhi's non-violence approach. At one point he started to doubt that this approach would work and started up an armed branch of the ANC. He planned to bomb only certain buildings and he wanted to make sure that no one would be hurt. Mandela was classified as a terrorist by the South African government and sent to prison. After 27 years he was released from prison and Nelson continued his campaign to end apartheid. His hard work and life long effort paid off when all races were allowed to vote in the 1994 election. Nelson Mandela won the election and became president of South Africa. 1993 he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Nelson Mandela died in 2013 in Johannesburg.

Life in Nelson Mandela's world

In South Africa there was a system of racial inequality, segregation and discrimination. The majority of black people was ruled by a white minority. The laws cut the rights of all black citizens so that they were not equal to other citizens in the country.

Was Nelson Mandela a Hero?


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