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Nelson Mandela: Leader, Elder Statesman & South African Icon

Nelson Mandela: Leader, Elder Statesman & South African Icon

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Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, South African leader, revolutionary and statesman is heralded as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. After twenty seven years of incarceration for his non-violent struggle against South African apartheid, he was the catalyst that helped bring about a peaceful transition to a fully-representative democracy in South Africa.
Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, South African leader, revolutionary and statesman is heralded as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. After twenty seven years of incarceration for his non-violent struggle against South African apartheid, he was the catalyst that helped bring about a peaceful transition to a fully-representative democracy in South Africa.

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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:
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Early Life:At an early age, young Rolihlahla Mandela wasgroomed as the Paramount Chief’s ward to assume high office.
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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.
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Early Work:Mandela entered politics in earnest while studyingin Johannesburg by joining the African National Congress in1942.
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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.
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Obstacles: For his struggle against apartheid, Mandelaendured a long and hard incarceration, which lasted a total of 27 years.
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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.
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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.
 
 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.Rolihlahla Mandela, whose first name means ‘troublemaker,’ wasborn to Chief Henry Mphakanyiswa of the royal house of Thembu. Chief Mphakanyiswa was the principal councilor to the Acting ParamountChief of Thembu. After his father’s death, young Rolihlahla became theParamount Chief’s ward to be groomed for high office. He enjoyed thebenefits of royalty and was influenced by the cases at the Chief’scourt. At this point in his life, according to the African NationalCongress Website, ANC Today, he “determined to become a lawyer […and] dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedomstruggle of his people.” While in the Chief’s court, he was privy to thetraditions and discussions of the elders. This insight developed inMandela a keen admiration and knowledge of the combating spirit of his people to rid themselves of the shackles of oppression. It appearedthat an indelible impression had been made on his young mind touphold the legacy of his forbears. Though no one in his family had received formal education,Rolihlahla Mandela attended primary school at a local mission wherehe was taught British traditions, Christian doctrine and received the
 
 English name by which he would be known. In Mandela: The AuthorizedPortrait, Clinton and Tutu question the overbearing influence of theBritish in the educational scheme: “He was given the name Nelson byhis teacher […quite arbitrarily] although at the time mission educatedchildren were often named after British imperial heroes. That anEnglish name was necessary at all had as much to do with the Englishbias in the educational system” (13). At nineteen, Mandela proceededto Healdtown – a Wesleyan secondary school of some repute where theEnglish bias was further reinforced. Martin Meredith describesMandela’s opinion of the nature of tutoring at Healdtown, “We weretaught and believed that the best ideas were English ideas, the bestgovernment was English government and the best men wereEnglishmen” (18). He went on to the University College of Fort Harewhere he met Oliver Tambo, a comrade with whom he would later set-up the first black legal practice in South Africa. He also attended theUniversity of Witwatersrand where he was elected onto the Student'sRepresentative Council and qualified in law in 1942. On Timemagazine’s website, Brink Andre writes in the article Leaders andRevolutionaries: Nelson Mandela, “It was only after he left themissionary College of Fort Hare, where he had become involved instudent protests against the white colonial rule of the institution, thathe set out on the long walk toward personal and national liberation.”From this point, Mandela seemed destined for difficulties in the pursuitof his childhood dreams of liberation for his people.

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