nelson mandela (1918 2013)

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August 5th 1962: Nelson Mandela arrested

On this day in 1962, the famous South African activist Nelson Mandela was arrested. Mandela was previously arrested in 1956 on treason charges, but was acquitted and forced underground for several years. In 1961, Mandela helped to found Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), which served as the militant armed wing of the African National Congress political party, born out of frustration among anti-apartheid activists that their non-violence was met with brutality by white authorities against black citizens. He was arrested in August 1962 for inciting a workers’ strike and leaving the country illegally, and in November was sentenced to five years in prison, despite protests from anti-apartheid activists. A year later, authorities found more evidence of Mandela’s involvement in the violence of Umkhonto we Sizwe, and his sentence was increased to life imprisonment, avoiding a death sentence. While imprisoned on Robben Island, Nelson Mandela was largely condemned as a terrorist by Western nations, and he spent his time in jail performing hard labour. By the 1980s, a movement campaigning for his release was gaining traction, and Mandela’s reputation grew as a significant black leader both in South Africa and internationally. After twenty-seven years in prison, Mandela was finally freed in 1990, after the ban on the ANC was lifted by the government of President F.W. de Klerk, who was beginning to dismantle apartheid. Upon his release, Mandela led the ANC in the successful negotiations with President de Klerk to end apartheid, and was overwhelmingly elected President of South Africa in the first multi-racial elections in 1994, serving until 1999.

“When my sentence has been completed I will still be moved, as men are always moved, by their consciences; I will still be moved by my dislike of the race discrimination against my people when I come out from serving my sentence, to take up again, as best I can, the struggle for the removal of those injustices until they are finally abolished once and for all”
- Mandela during his 1962 trial

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“No one is born hating another person because the color of his skin, or his background or his religion. People must heart to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” –Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Nelson Mandela 2 years anniversary RIP
Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)
Mandela past away but he left an ever-lasting legacy and a recipe for dignity and freedom that shall always be remembered and taught… i’m truly, and will always be, inspired by this great icon. You shall remain in our hearts and minds

Apr 16, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) carries a Nelson Mandela replica plaque during the Jackie Robinson ceremonies as the New York Yankees take on the Chicago Cubs in 2nd game of the day/night double header at Yankee Stadium. (William Perlman-The Star-Ledger)

The plaque reads:

“Nelson Mandela 1918-2013. Nobel Peace Prize winner and global leader whose timeless efforts dismantled apartheid in South Africa. As President of his country, he would use South Africa’s enthusiasm for sports as a unifying force for reconciliation. On June 21, 1990, he made a memorable visit to the original Yankee Stadium and proclaimed, "You know who I am. I am a Yankee.”