Celebrating the legacy of Nelson Mandela

Added by Shawon on 2014-07-18 

Nelson Mandela was a South-African politician and a former President of South Africa. He was the first black chief excecutive and first elected in a democratic election. His government has been working to tackle racism, poverty and inequality.

He was against the Apartheid and he had been actively participating in politics in thirties. He claimed, he hoped to bring down the oppressive government and rebuild the country based on democracy, freedom and above all, equality. Committing to equality, Mandela said, "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." He had been imprisoned for 27 years for that. Three years later after the release he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Months later, he was elected as President.

Mandela had been dedicated to resolve poverty, war and conflicts throughout Africa. His greatest quotes says:

"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion."

"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

Happy Birthday!

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