Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation.
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Sometimes I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself.
I was called a terrorist yesterday but when I came out of jail many people embraced me including my enemies and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists.
The titanic effort that has brought liberation to South Africa and ensured the total liberation of Africa constitutes an act of redemption for the black people of the world.
Let us give publicity to H.I.V./AIDS and not hide it because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like TB like cancer is always to come out and say somebody has died because of H.I.V./AIDS and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary.
Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual.
Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.
Never never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.