Nelson Mandela a Revolutionary Hero.

Nelson Mandela, whose real name name is Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandala was born on July 18th 1918.

Mandela attended Fort Hare University as well as the University of Witwater Stand where he studied law.

He became involved in politics when he was in his twenties. At that point in time he was living in Johannesburg , and he became a founder of the youth league. The youth league was involved in anti-colonial politics..

In 1948 The Afrikaner Nationalists, or the National Party came to power and put into power the policy of Apartheid. Apartheid was a system of racial segregation. This system was enforced by the National Party. It was a way of keeping people who lived in South Africa from having any human rights. Basically, the only people who had any rights were white people.

Apartheid was an actual law! And it also enforced the National Party. This new legislation put people into four classifications. Those classifications were

1) Native

2) White

3) Colored

4) Asian


The government separated each and every group of people by force. The people who were most effected by this law were the "colored people" Those who were "colored" were only given a few services. They did not need education, medical care and many other services that the government gave to the white people. The government felt that the "colored" people did not need these services. They did not need them.

After Apartheid became law, Nelson Mandela became President of what is known as the African's Defiance Campaign. Or the ADC.

Nelson Mandela was arrested many times because he was the leader of the ADC. In 1962 he was arrested and and convicted of treason. At that point he was sentenced to to life in prison.

Nelson Mandela spend 27 years in prison. 27 years for trying to help people in South Africa regain their rights as humans. 27 years, for people to have the same rights as other people!

Human rights, that had been taken away from them simply because of the color of their skin! There is so much more that can be written about Nelson Mandela politically, but this is not an extreme political hub. All of the political information can easily be found on the internet.


Nelson Mandela in Jail

Nelson Mandela was not only in one jail. He was transported to a few other jails, but he was not released until February 11, 1990. at that point in time Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison. He had spent 27 years of his life in jail. For what reason?

Because he was trying to help people in his country from being harmed by racism. All he had ever done, was try to help people with skin darker then mine, have the same rights as white people. He was sent to jail for that.

On June 17th 1991 South Africa's Parliament voted to outlaw Apartheid. And on April 29th 1994 Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa.


He changed the world forever.

Nelson Mandela changed South Africa forever. Now people in South Africa have the right to vote. They can chose who their president will be. They have the right to an education, and they have the the right to have medical care. He was to South Africa like Martin Luther King was to America.

At this point in time Nelson Mandela is very ill. No one in South Africa or in the entire world has any idea how long he will live. But, what is important, is that his legacy will not die with him. He changed South Africa, not just for a short time, not just for a decade, but for an eternity.

Racism makes no sense to me. Our bones are white, our blood is red, and our brains are grey. We are all children of God. As I wrote in another hub, racism was created by Satan, and racism is evil.



People before Nelson Mandela

People after Nelson Mandela

The Country Nelson Mandela Saved

South Africa is a large country, Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to changing what was happening in this country. Giving the rights back to the people who deserved those rights. Instead of allowing them to live lower then white people. His heroism changed this country. People changed, their entire lives changed.

Please pray for people who are still suffering from racism. Racism is evil, and so are those who follow it.

What do you know about Nelson Mandela? Please tell me. The more information you share with me, the more we will have to remember him with

Thank you for reading this small, and very short hub.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

A powerful force that man is, was, and will be. We need more like him, Michele, and I pray we find them soon. Well done!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you very much for your comment bill. I pray for that also.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Nelson Mandela is indeed a remarkable man. Very much a Christ-figure, although violence was part of his revolt against Apartheid. Hopefully his legacy will eventually enlightens all Africans. However, he is one of a kind far ahead of his time. In reality his vision of peace and justice, democracy and prosperity for all is about as unfeasible as Apartheid. Power corrupt, racism and discrimination are natural human tendencies, to be conquered with wisdom and love, and many other truths like this will forever make life on earth a struggle for survival.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

MartieCoetser thank you so much for your comment. Yes, some violence was needed but, he had been brutally treated as well as so many other people. Apartheid in and of itself is so horrible. I pray that we as humans continue to fight against that kind of evil.


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful Hub. In my heart I believe God rewarded Mandela with such a long, healthy life because of the suffering he went through and his attitude of having NO Bitterness. It's so exceptional. If it happened to someone else, they would take Revenge...... and in a horrible way.

He has such a beautiful soul. As Bill noted above, we need more like him. Thanks.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Yes, if only there were more like him. South Africa needs our prayers!!! Evil is everywhere.

It looks very bleak for the entire country.

Thanks for this beautiful hub about a great man indeed!

I have much respect for our lovely friend and hubber, Martie, who commented above, as she lives in South Africa and knows firsthand, better than any of us.

Excellent write!

God bless, Faith Reaper


GERRALD 3 years ago

GREAT MAN INDEED


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you Lady_E I agree with you so much. Yes he does have a beautiful soul. And he has given so much and we do need more like him.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much for your comment Faith Reaper. Yes he is a wonderful man. He changed an entire country!

And thank you so much for your kind comment.

God bless you.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

GERRALD I agree with you 100%


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borik√©n the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

Right on sister! You wrote about a person that is stuck to my heart. I love Africa and Mandela is an admirable and loving human...yes a hero. Great job!!! Shared it and vote up and across. I will link it to one of my hubs where I am talking about him, this is lovely!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much for sharing it! Yes he is a hero, and a wonderful human being.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful read and I look forward to many more.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Eiddwen,

Thank you very much for your comment,

hope you have a great day!


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Michele ! Perfect tribute -I love to hear Nelson speak , his accent , his common sense and his amazingly humble nature is so impressive ! ...Somewhere here I write a poem for Nelson in the hubs !...Hugs my friend !


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

You wrote a poem for Nelson? Would you be so kind as to give me a link?

Thank you very much my friend!

Michele


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Michele , I linked mine to you ! I'm not sure how but I did it ! How do I send you a link ? Good luck sweety !.....:-} The title "Nelson Mandela's Smile "!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for telling me the title.

That is a great way, now I can go to your Profile page and look it up!

Your friend,

Michele


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I served as a missionary in South Africa and lived in his hometown of Umtata. I even went to his home because a guy in the local government knew him and took us by, but he was not home--this is in 1999 when that happened. The Xhosa people were very kind to the missionaries and they were as gracious as is Mandela is a leader.

Nelson almost puts me in the mind of a Catholic Bishop or a Pope even!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thanks Rodric29 you saw his home! Wow, that is wonderful. Nelson Mandela and missionaries are wonderful people.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Everyone whom I spoke to about his only had kind words and respect. His home looked like a mix between a mansion and prison in my opinion. But all the house seem to have walls around them there. It was pretty.

I loved living in Umtata. I wrote a few hubs about it. You can check them out if you want.

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Missionary...


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thanks Rodric I will check them out.

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