Nelson Mandela


We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free.
Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward.
We are both humbled and elevated by the honor and privilege that you, the people of South Africa, have bestowed on us, as the first president of a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa, to lead our country out of the valley of darkness.
We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom.
We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success.
We must therefore act together as a united people, for national ...

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Let freedom reign. God bless Africa!

MANDELA 1994

When elected, Nelson Mandela spoke words the entire country had been longing to hear. He spoke of freedoms and luxuries that many Black South Africans had never been given the privilege to experience. Beginning with colonization and through to the present, South Africa has been stricken with racial tensions. The election of Nelson Mandela in 1994 marked the first time all race elections were held in South Africa and the end of all White rule. Prior to 1994, only White people held political control with the majority of people living in South Africa having little to no real representation in government. Between fourteen and seventeen percent of the population ruled the remaining eighty-three to eighty-six percent (Ferrante 302). One word describes the racist system that kept non-Whites from political and social equality that became infamously known around the world: Apartheid.
Since Apartheid first entered the world’s ...

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They supported their differences with the racial notions that the Africans were illiterate, non-Christian, and that their innate inferiority would make them revolt and must therefore be controlled. One missionary stated that “the conversion of these barbarians is not to be achieved through love, but only after they have been subdued by force of arms” (Manzo 30).
A “modern” country is one that is not easily defined. European settlers used their own definitions to apply to South Africa. The western world was assumed modern, while the colonies were traditional. To solve the discrepancies, Europeans sent white settlers to rule the African country. When Great Britain overtook ...

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