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Nelson Mandela, His Long Walk to Freedom and South Africa's Post-Apartheid Generation
Most Captivating Autobiography!
I am an avid and relatively wide reader. As I have grown older and matured though, my reading interests have tended towards non-fiction because of the many life lessons to be explored and learned from those who have walked various paths before me.
Nelson Mandelas autobiography is my all-time FAVOURITE non-fiction! This book was soooo very captivating that I did not want to stop reading. As I finished one chapter, I had un-nerving excitement to begin the next chapter. Personally, I have NEVER read a more gripping autobiography. I can honestly say after reading it that it is one of the most piercing and inspiring books that I have read!
In it we meet an extraordinary man - Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela who seems to be tested beyond the limits of human endurance. He honestly and openly reveals, through his own sometimes horrifying experiences, what hatred and injustice can propel men (and women) to do.
In one humiliating account that has stayed with me, he recalled how as they were being transported as prisoners in a vehicle, which held the prisoners below and the prison officers above, the prisoner officers deliberately urinated all over the prisoners.
I can only imagine his grief at not being able to attend the funeral of his mother and oldest son who died approximately 1 year apart from each other, while he was imprisoned.
I can only imagine his inexpressible joy at being able to vote for the very first time in his entire life at the age of 76 in 1994 AND being able to make a difference in the future of his country with his inauguration as the 1st democratically elected President of South Africa in that same year, 1994!
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Oppression or injustice of any kind is never a good thing. Although this book focuses on injustice and oppression as a result of racial discrimination, it is a good read for any and every person because we can remove the specifics of ‘racism’, substitute it for any other type of discrimination ‘social, political, religious, economic’ and learn a valuable lesson about what is justice and the part we MUST play! Neither as silent onlookers nor cruel participants.
Have you seen this very impacting movie yet? - Idris Alba gives a brilliant performance as Nelson Mandela!
A powerful movie!
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - A 2013 British-South African biographical film
RENT or BUY this movie! Either way, you MUST watch it.Idris Elba and Naomie Harris give brilliant performances in this movie of Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie Mandela.
From Prisoner to President!
Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela gracefully triumphed over injustice and racism to become the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
With a promising career as a lawyer at South Africa’s 1st black law firm - Mandela & Tambo - Nelson Mandela’s career was obliterated with his incarceration at Robben Island on February 11, 1990. It is awe inspiring to actually learn of someone in my era who endured 27 years of unjust imprisonment and emerged without any bitterness or hatred towards the people who incarcerated him.
Born on July 18, 1918 in South Africa and having left this life on December 5, 2013, Mandela has become an icon for social justice because of the personal hardships that he endured in his efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with F.W. de Klerk, in 1993 "for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa".
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We all have a light side and here’s a refreshingly lighter side of Nelson Mandela. This book contains 32 of the most renowned African folk stories which are “as old as Africa itself” and imbued with enduring lessons on moral and the usual enchanting interplay among good, evil and cunning. An enchanting read for children and adults alike.
Children LOVE the animation and electrifying visuals of comic books. This comic book form of the autobiography of Nelson Mandela is a captivating, interesting and interactive way to teach children about Nelson Mandela and make the lessons to be handed down come alive to them and stay with them.
A collection of 300+ quotations on Struggle, Victory, Wisdom and the Future from Nelson Mandela, spanning over 60+ years and inclusive of his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech (1993).
15 valuable life lessons are expounded upon by a man fondly and rightfully nicknamed "the grandfather of South Africa".At 90 + years, which is more than the average person on any continent in the world lives, and having been tested much more than the average individual, Nelson Mandela CAN offer us all much wisdom on life, love and courage!
With a foreword by United States President Barack Obama, this book gives a rare and insightful glimpse into the mind and actions of one of the most prolific world figures of the 21st century.Any reader of any age is bound to gain wisdom from this new age sage about life, living, struggle and triumph!
How Mandela Won Africa's heart
See his journey's through the Africa continent following his imprisonment and see how it's linked to his pre-imprisonment struggles.
Why Mandela's Autobiography "Should be Read by Every Person Alive!"
In the 20th & 21st centuries alone, we have witnessed our fair share of human atrocities resulting specifically from Slavery, the Holocaust, Apartheid and the Rwandan Genocide.
In the case of slavery, it was injustice practiced against Negro persons. In the case of the Holocaust, it was injustice practiced against Jewish persons. In the case of the Apartheid, it was injustice practiced against Black South Africans. In the case of the Rwandan Genocide, it was injustice practiced against Hutus.
Can you see the common thread in all these instances as yet? As long as any group of persons on earth try to dominate, suppress, persecute and/or enslave any other group of persons, the injustices suffered by Mandela and all other Black South Africans, Jews, Black Persons will repeat itself throughout history, although the oppressed group may change.
Civilizations have a way of forgetting and repeating the atrocities of the past. So I think that this book should become required reading in schools all over the world! So that future generations never forget and repeat the same social injustices of the past.
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South Africa's Post-Apartheid Generation - What do the 'Born Free' have to say?
There is now a new South African generation, called the 'Born free', who have not experienced apartheid like Mandela and their parents.
Hear some of their interesting views and what life means for them now.
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Visit Mandela Day OR Nelson Mandela Foundation to find out more.
Nelson Mandela - Mini Biography
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