Nelson Mandela: A Background

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Post by Marvin Washington:
I first found out about Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi in my freshman year of high school in (South Carolina) World History class and I was  always intrigued about how these small men had souls and hearts of giants.They put the love  of their people in front of their own lives and the lives of the families they loved so much. 
“A united South Africa was the calling of Mandela. Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni. Hearing the elder’s stories of his ancestors’ valor during the wars of resistance, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people.

He attended primary school in Qunu where his teacher Miss Mdingane gave him the name Nelson, in accordance with the custom to give all school children “Christian” names.

He completed his Junior Certificate at Clarkebury Boarding Institute and went on to Healdtown, a Wesleyan secondary school of some repute, where he matriculated.

Nelson Mandela began his studies for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University College of Fort Hare but did not complete the degree there as he was expelled for joining in a student protest. He completed his BA through the University of South Africa and went back to Fort Hare for his graduation in 1943.

On his return to the Great Place at Mkhekezweni the King was furious and said if he didn’t return to Fort Hare he would arrange wives for him and his cousin Justice. They ran away to Johannesburg instead arriving there in 1941. There he worked as a mine security officer and after meeting Walter Sisulu, an estate agent, who introduced him to Lazar Sidelsky. He then did his articles through the firm of attorneys Witkin Eidelman and Sidelsky.

Meanwhile he began studying for an LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand. By his own admission he was a poor student and left the university in 1948 without graduating. He only started studying again through the University of London and also did not complete that degree.

In 1989, while in the last months of his imprisonment, he obtained an LLB through the University of South Africa. He graduated in absentia at a ceremony in Cape Town.” ~~Wikipedia

After being released he took upon the task of making a dream come true for his beloved nation. He made made leaps and bounds in industries and humanities and  bringing the people closer together all over the globe. It was his call over all injustices for mankind and never made it a call of color but equal rights.  It’s really sad that it took his death for us all to realize the true greatness he as a black man gave as a blue print to conquer all!

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