In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Posted on December 15, 2013

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“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination,” he said. “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Nelson Mandela in his speech at his trial in 1964 before being sentenced to life in prison.

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Fighting back tears, Ahmed Kathrada, who was jailed with Mandela on the Robben Island for 26 years  and is a family friend, said the last time he saw Mandela was when the anti-apartheid hero was fighting for his life in hospital. Kathrada said he met Mandela 67 years ago, and was saddened to see that he had become a “shadow of his former self”, but spoke highly of his campaign against racial segregation. Here is the speech given his lifelong friend and anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada:

Nelson Mandela’s speech at Harvard

Nelson Mandela at the United Nations

Miracle Rising: South Africa

A movie depicting the struggle against Apartheid led by Nelson Mandela and his brave ANC comrades.

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