Friday, December 6, 2013
10 interesting facts about revolutionary Nelson Mandela
Mandela passed away Thursday, December 5 at the age of 95.
South African politician and civil rights revolutionary Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. From behind prison walls, Mandela became an international hero during the 1980s and the world-wide symbol for the struggle against apartheid.
After being imprisoned for over 27 years for his fight against racial segregation in South Africa, Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994. Nelson Mandela dedicated his life fighting for humanity, and he helped to raise global awareness for the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. While the world has lost a giant, we would like to shine light on Mandela’s legacy and share a few interesting facts.
1. Born “Rolihlahla” Mandela, he was given the English name of “Nelson” by his teacher on the first day of school.
2. While imprisoned for 27 years, he was allowed only one visit per year and one letter every six months.
3. Bill and Chelsea Clinton visited Mandela in his birth village of Qunu on his 94th birthday.
4. At the age of 18, Mandela developed a life-long passion for the sport of boxing.
5. In 1992, he appeared as a Soweto teacher in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X movie.
6. Mandela and Oliver Tambo founded the Mandela and Tambo Law Firm to provide low cost legal services to poor Africans.
7. In 2013, President Barak Obama visited the Robben Island prison cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years.
8. Mandela’s son Makgatho Mandela died of AIDS at the age of 54.
9. In 2009, Morgan Freeman portrayed Nelson Mandela in the motion picture Invictus.
10. In 1988, the Soviet Union honored Mandela with a commemorative stamp.
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