Today In History We Honor Nelson Mandela
‘Nelson R. Mandela, political activist and President of South Africa, was born at Mvezo, a village in Umtata, Transkei, South Africa, on July 18, 1918.’ Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies. In 1993, Mandela and South African President F.W. de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to dismantle the country’s apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president.
(photo: Nelson R. Mandela)
- CARTER Magazine