Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in the tiny village of Mvezo, on the banks of the Mbashe River in Transkei, South Africa.
Mandela (1918-2013) was the first black president of South Africa between 1994 and 1999. He was imprisoned for 27 years for his ideals and, when he was released and came to power, his effort was to promote the democratic transition of the country, ending with all the cultural heritage of apartheid.
Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
Nelson Mandela’s name will forever be associated with the pacifist struggle against racism and segregationism that was experienced in the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Madiba (as he was also known) gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. For generations to come, he will be a source of inspiration for civil rights activists worldwide.
His birthday, July 18, is celebrated as Mandela Day, a day to promote global peace.
According to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the annual event is meant to encourage citizens worldwide to give back the way that Mandela has throughout his lifetime.
“Fools multiply when wise men are silent.”
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NELSON MANDELA AND HIS WORK?
We suggest you watch the film Mandela (1996), a documentary that is the official film biography of Nelson Mandela.
Madiba (2017) is a three-part American drama television miniseries documenting the true lifelong struggle of Mandela.
Here you can listen to his Nobel lecture in 1993 when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.