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 "We stand here today as nothing more than a representative of the millions of our people who dared to rise up against a social system whose very essence is war, violence, racism, oppression, repression and the impoverishment of an entire people."
  • Born: July 18, 1918
  • Place of Birth: Village near Umtata in the Transkei, South Africa
  • Residence: Qunu, Transkei, South Africa
  • Biographical highlights:
    • 1944 - Joined African National Congress
    • 1956-61 - Tried for treason, acquitted 1961
    • 1960 - ANC banned
    • 1961 - Formation of Umkhonto we Sizwe
    • June 12,1964 - Sentenced to life imprisonment for plotting to overthrow the government
    • 1964-1982 - Incarcerated at Robben Island Prison off Cape Town
    • 1982-1990 - Imprisoned at Pollsmoor Prison
    • February 18, 1990 - Released
    • 1991 - Elected president of the ANC
    • 1993 - Received Nobel Peace Prize
    • 1994 - 1999 - President of South Africa
    • June 16, 1994 - Formation of Nelson Mandela Children's Fund
  •  Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country.