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Name: Rolihlahla Nelson MandelaDetails: South African leader, Revolutionary and StatesmanDate: 1918 - Thesis: Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, South African leader, revolutionaryand statesman is heralded as the first democratically electedPresident of South Africa. After twenty seven years of incarceration for his non-violent struggle against South African apartheid, he was the catalystthat helped bring about a peaceful transition to a fully-representativedemocracy in South Africa.Outline:
Early Life:At an early age, young Rolihlahla Mandela wasgroomed as the Paramount Chief’s ward to assume high office.
Education: He attended the University College of Fort Hareand Witwatersrand where he was elected onto the Student'sRepresentative Council and qualified in law in 1942.
Early Work:Mandela entered politics in earnest while studyingin Johannesburg by joining the African National Congress in1942.
Influences: Along with Oliver R. Tambo, who died in 1993 asNational Chairman of the ANC, Mandela opened the first blacklegal firm in the South Africa.
Obstacles: For his struggle against apartheid, Mandelaendured a long and hard incarceration, which lasted a total of 27 years.
Later Work:Mandela launched a campaign in November 2002,using his prison number 46664 to help raise funds for hisfoundation’s fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
Legacy:His life has inspired the oppressed and deprived;those opposed to oppression and deprivation and trulysymbolizes the triumph of the human spirit over man’sinhumanity to man.