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Nelson Mandela, His Long Walk to Freedom and South Africa's Post-Apartheid Generation

Updated on July 24, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

Most Captivating Autobiography!

"Should be read by every person alive." That is what the Boston Sunday Globe wrote about Nelson Mandelas autobiography - 'Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela'.

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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Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

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

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

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.

 
Nelson Mandela by BK from flickr.com
Nelson Mandela by BK from flickr.com

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".

Image credit: BK/flickr.com

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

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.

 
Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book
Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book

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.

 
Notes to the Future: Words of Wisdom
Notes to the Future: Words of Wisdom

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).

 
Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage

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!

 
Conversations with Myself
Conversations with Myself

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.

RIP Nelson Mandela by Ashish Lohorung from flickr.com
RIP Nelson Mandela by Ashish Lohorung from flickr.com

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.

Image credit: Ashish Lohorung/flickr.com

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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Continue Nelson Mandela’s legacy by simply VOLUNTEERING 67 minutes of YOUR time!

Visit Mandela Day OR Nelson Mandela Foundation to find out more.

Nelson Mandela - Mini Biography

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Have you read this book or seen the movie as yet? How would you describe them? When do you plan to read or watch them?

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      Yes I have and i agree that everyone should read this. My husband was a freedom fighter from the UK. In 1971 he went to South Africa to help keep 'the struggle' alive after Nelson Mandela had been captured. You may be interested in this lens I wrote about his recently published book that tells the story of many brave men and women who fought hard to help the ANC : https://hubpages.com/literature/london-recruits-th... BTW all proceeds for this book go to the Nelson Mandela Children's fund.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Nancy Hardin: The thing is, nancycarol, most of the world remained SILENT for many years following his imprisonment to the point of him and apartheid almost being forgotten until the 'free Mandela' campaign heated up. What he accomplished during his lifetime was indeed extraordinary!!! Thanks for visiting and sharing. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Saw the movie, but one only needed to follow his story through the years to know what a great, peaceful man he was. I put him up there with all the great statesmen who ever lived. I grieved for him when he was not allowed to attend his family funerals, I cringed for him being imprisoned by inhuman captors, and I also rejoiced when he was elected President of South Africa. What he accomplished for his people was extraordinary, as much as he was. RIP Nelson Mandela

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Kim Milai: Thanks kimmilai! Glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      Excellent lens thank you!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Donna Cook: I did my best to pay tribute to this unbelievably brave, wise and selfless man! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Donna Cook: Thanks mountainmist! I did my best for a this unbelievably brave, selfless and wise man. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Terrific tribute to an unbelievably brave man!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @randomthings lm: Excellent, randomthings! I am excited about your great purchase. Thanks for visiting and have a very blessed week and great reading!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Klaartje Loose: Great klaartje-loose! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @SteveKaye: You're so very right, Steve_Kaye. Greatness will never die but those who tried to stop greatness have already been forgotten.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Nelson Mandela will be remembered for the great things he did. The people who opposed him will be forgotten.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @SheGetsCreative: Thanks Upon-Request. This is a brilliant idea. This is a good book that each and every generation should hear about so that this part of history does not repeat itself. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @tonyleather: I couldn't agree with you more tonyleather. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      The book should at the very least be on every required reading list of every high school. Nicely done

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      This is a truly inspirational book about an iconic peace-maker who will never be forgotten!

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      Klaartje Loose 3 years ago

      It is on my list!

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      randomthings lm 3 years ago

      Thanks for the great information. Just bought the autobiography! Can't wait to read it. THanks!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @somergreat48: Thanks somergreat48. Do make time to read this book. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Dave Lynch: Well as a South African accept my sympathy on the passing of one of South Africa's finest and truest sons. Do make time to read Mandela's book. Thanks for visiting and sharing, davdlynch. Have a blessed week.

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      somergreat48 3 years ago

      What a great tribute to Nelson Mandela! I am very interested in reading Long Walk to Freedom and some of his other books.

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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Thanks for this review, I live in South Africa so Madiba's struggle for freedom is close to my heart; I have yet to read the book though.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @flinnie lm: You definitely should! Especially since, although sick, Mandela celebrates 95 years TODAY!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes I read it. It truly is a long "walk to freedom." Grace under pressure is something to admire. I love your lens. It's a necessary topic for contemplation today. Thank you.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi FreshStart7, no I have not read this great boot yet. I look forward to reading it.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @JennyReis: Sorry for my late response JennyReis. Thanks for visiting, your concern for Mandela's health and your sharing.

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      JennyReis 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens about a wonderful man. We were all worried last couple of weeks about his health but it seems that he is recovering nicely. I hope he'll stand strong again.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @dellgirl: Thanks for the BLESSING also!

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @dellgirl: You're welcome dellgirl. Thanks for visiting, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing 'Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela'. I enjoyed reading here, also learned something new. ~SquidAngel Blessings~

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @YahuwsIbex: You're welcome YahuwsIbex. Have a good week.

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      YahuwsIbex 4 years ago

      I am a South African and it makes me proud to say I'm one because of this great man, Nelson Mandela, or Madiba as we all know him. Thanks for this tribute to him.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Kumar P S: You're welcome Kumar_PS! Have a great week ahead.

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      Kumar P S 4 years ago

      Great review ! Thanks for sharing.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Metalpriest: Thanks Metalpriest for visiting and sharing

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      Metalpriest 4 years ago

      One of the greatest men born, Nelson Mandela was certainly a Messiah.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @anonymous: Yes Tipi, I am excited about this book. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @OMENA777: Your first sentence is music to my ears Omena777! You will not be the same. Have a great weekend.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I could feel your excitement for this book! Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela is a gift to the world, I can't imagine anyone who hasn't marveled at his persevering spirit through times that would destroy most of us, its a story of glory and victory that was held onto until it was manifest in reality.

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      OMENA777 4 years ago

      I will read this book. Nelson Mandela is a Master Soul. He had a mission in life and he acomplished that. President of South Africa.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Judith Nazarewicz: Thanks junaz11 and you're welcome. Have a blessed week ahead.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @donnetted: Thanks Donnette for visiting and sharing this experience! Have a blessed week ahead.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @jvcronje: Thanks for visiting and sharing jvcronje! That sounds as a good article to do. Have a blessed week ahead.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Great review! This sounds like a must read for me! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      Our Madiba. I had the pleasure of attending a function with his grandson, Mandla, in August 2012, very humble but oh so humorous. Blessed x

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      jvcronje 4 years ago

      I am from South Africa and proud to be a fellow countryman of mr Mandela. The aura of this man is just unbelievable. His kindness is is mind-blowing. I had the honor of doing a dissertation for Persuasive Communication (Master's degree) on the persuasive powers of mr Mandela in 1998 and enjoyed every minute doing it. I think I should do a lens on that as well!

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Elsie Hagley: Well said kiwinana71! Thanks for visiting, commenting and BLESSING my lens. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @anonymous: Trust me DonnaDM! The Boston Sunday Globe could not have said it better, "Should be read by every person alive. Do read it. Thanks for the visit and compliment. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Margaret Schindel: Thanks MSchindel for the visit, compliment and BLESSING on my lens. have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @lesliesinclair: It is Papier! Do read it. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @SherriDW: It is SherriDW! Do read it. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @anonymous: Thank you sooooo very much Dewines for sharing this very real experience from Wales. Like the Welch, I know there were many people around the world, including myself who were thrilled to hear of Nelson Mandela's release from prison. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @shawnhi77 lm: Like the Boston Sunday Globe shawnhi77, I strongly agree that Nelson Mandela's autobiography "Should be read by every person alive." Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I would love to read this book. Nelson Mandela is a great person, we can all learn a lot by reading this book. Blessed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Loved your review. Sounds like a book to be read, for sure.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, this sounds like a fabulous book! Great review. Blessed!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      No, I haven't read it, but it sounds like a serious read.

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      SherriDW 4 years ago

      Sounds like a great read.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We used to sing "Free Nelson Mandela" and I remember the day when I heard he was finally free. It was a wonderful moment. Dafydd Iwan, a famous Welsh politician, singer and song writer, has written a lovely song in Welsh about his reactions when he heard Mandela had been freed.

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      shawnhi77 lm 4 years ago

      I hope to read it. Awesome book about an awesome man.