"Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."
On July 18, we celebrate the International Mandela Day. Chosen by the United Nations in 2009, the date falls on the same day the former South-African President was born.
Facts about Mandela
Born in 1918, Nelson Mandela was a South-African activist who became the first black president of South Africa. He was the first president to be elected in a fully representative election. He also was one of South Africa’s first black lawyers.
Mandela was a strong advocate against racial segregation laws. His government focused on destroying the Apartheid government in the country.
Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for peacefully destroying the Apartheid regime and laying the foundation for democracy. In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, he won over 250 other awards.
Mandela is considered the father of Modern South Africa. He was key in bringing down the oppressive government and installing democracy.
Mandela was imprisoned from 1962-1990 for treason and conspiracy against the government. During his imprisonment, Mandela became a symbol to rally behind for all the oppressed inside and outside of South Africa and although he was sentenced to life in prison, he was released when the ANC (African National Congress Party) became legal again.
After retirement from politics, Mandela started the Nelson Mandela Foundation that focused on combating HIV/AIDS and supported rural development and school construction.
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