Nelson Mandela Memorialized

The World Pays Respect to the Great African Leader

On Thursday, December 5, the world was hit with devastating news. A wise African, peacemaker named Rolihalhla (Nelson) Mandela passed away at the age of 95.Nelson Mandela will be remembered as a powerful, peaceful, and kind man by many.

Mandela studied law at the University of Fort Hare and later the University of Witwatersand and he became involved in the African National Congress.

We, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too must act on behalf of peace.”

— Barack Obama

In 1964 he was sentenced to life in prison for plotting to over throw South Africa’s “Apartheid Government” which discriminated against the black population. He was incarcerated on Robben Island for 18 of his 27 years in prison.

As a black political prisoner, he received the lowest level of treatment from prison workers. Yet, while Nelson was incarcerated he was able to earn a Bachelor of Law degree through a University of London correspondence program.

In the 1980’s,  Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa. He retired in the 1990’s.

No one is born hating another person or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite”

— Nelson Mandela

In 1993 Mandela and one other individual were awarded the Nobel Prize for their work toward dismantling apartheid. In memory of this great man, President Barack Obama and thousands, gathered in the FNB stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday December 11, giving speeches and expressing mixed emotions.