4umi Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson MandelaA legend in our time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa, on 18 July 1918. For his fight with the African National Congress (ANC) against apartheid, he was accused of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment. From 1964 to 1982, he was incarcerated at Robben Island Prison, off Cape Town, then at Pollsmoor Prison, nearby on the mainland, until his release 18 February 1990. He went on to be democratically chosen as the first black president of the Republic of South Africa in May 1994.

From a speech, written by Marianne Williamson and (according to many internet sources but notably not the ANC website) spoken at his presidential inauguration, come these words:

The mistake should be easily forgiven, as the forgivingness that radiates from these lines is very mandelaean.

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 Nelson Mandela The First Accused Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Address Statement of the President