Nelson Mandela was a popular South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, as well as a philanthropist. He was also the first black to be elected as the country’s chief executive between 1994 and 1999 (Carlin, 2008)Throughout his reign, Mandela’s government laid great emphasis on dismantling apartheid by tackling institutionalized poverty, inequality, racism, and promoting racial reconciliation (Limb, 2008).
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Indeed, Mandela was not only a major force in the campaign against apartheid but was also a cultural symbol of equality and freedom in South Africa and the whole world. He went from a young revolutionary to a man who served 27 years behind bars after which he served as South Africa’s first black chief executive. Mandela’s life demonstrates that wisdom coupled with patience triumphs over brute force and bigotry. As much as he is no more, he continues to be a towering figure in the history of the 20th Century. Undoubtedly, Mandela is indeed the father of today’s South Africa.
Carlin, J. (2008). Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation. Boston, MA : Penguin Press.
Limb, P. (2008). Nelson Mandela: A Biography. New York : ABC-CLIO.
Mandela, N. (2008). Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. London : Little, Brown.