History's HEROES? Dated 1918 - 2013

Nelson Mandela

Created by

Megan Wheat

Location

He was born in Mvezo South Africa and died in Johannesburg south Africa
He was born in Mvezo and died in Johannesburg

Achievements

  • He won a Nobel peace prize
  • He stood up for what he believed in

Characteristics

  • Brave / Courageous
  • A good and strong leader
  • Single minded / Focused (has a purpose)
  • Determined
  • Ambitious
  • Honest

The man who stood up for black people rights

Nelson Mandela was a civil rights leader in South Africa. He fought against apartheid, a system where non-white citizens were segregated from whites and did not have equal rights. He served a good portion of his life in prison for his protests, but became a symbol for his people. Later he would become president of South Africa. Where did Nelson Mandela grew up? Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, South Africa. His birth name is Rolihlahla. He got the nickname Nelson from a teacher in school. Nelson was a member of Thimbu royalty and his father was chief of the city of Mvezo. He attended school and later college at the College of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand. At Witwatersrand, Mandela got his law degree and would meet some of his fellow activists against apartheid. What did Nelson Mandalas do? Nelson Mandela 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 certain buildings, but only the buildings. He wanted to make sure that no one would be hurt. He was classified as a terrorist by the South African government and sent to prison.

Life in Nelson Mandela's world

Mandela would spend the next 27 years in prison. His prison sentence brought international visibility to the anti-apartheid movement. He was finally released through international pressure in 1990. Once released from prison, 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. There were several times during the process where violence threatened to break out. Nelson was a strong force in keeping the calm and preventing a major civil war!

Was Nelson Mandela a Hero?

  • Because he was a successful leader and helped loads of black people and stopped them being discriminated by white people and if Nelson Mandela didn't stand up for what he believed in South Africa might of being a very different country to what is.
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