Nelson Mandela is a great reference and a man who inspires us to be better people, he was the 1st Democratically Elected President in South Africa, and we are going to tell you a little about his story. He was born on July 7, 1918, in Mvezo, South Africa, and he became to politician, activist and lawyer who dedicated his entire life to fighting apartheid to achieve equality in his country.
In the middle of the 20th century, the black population began to protest and demand equal rights. In response, in 1948 the South African government promoted apartheid as a political system, which meant legalizing racism. Nelson Mandela, who had decided to move to Johannesburg, joined the African National Congress (ANC). With others, Mandela founded the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL).
Mandela, or Madiba who his people called him, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his commitment to human rights. A year later, in 1994, he would become the first black president of South Africa and would mark the end of apartheid. April 27, 1994 was the 1st Multi-racial Elections in which the entire South African population, black and white, could participate. Nelson Mandela passed away in Johannesburg at the age of 95 in 2013.
Nelson Mandela is an example of how we must continue working to achieve a world without racial discrimination, where regardless of your skin color you can have a full life. In addition we can remember other black references such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X… Nowadays we also have some amazing influencers like Barack and Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Lebron James. We need to continue fighting against racism, because all together we are stronger. “We stand here today to salute the United Nations Organization and its Member States, both singly and collectively, for joining forces with the masses of our people in a common struggle that has brought about our emancipation and pushed back the frontiers of racism”, Nelson Mandela.