What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa, in 1918. He spent his youth in a traditional tribal community in which he would have been granted a high-office position by right of his ancestry. Instead of choosing a life of comfort and ease, however, he chose a path of struggle and sacrifice in order to secure for his country the basic human rights deserved by all people.
Mandela spent his early adulthood as a member of the African National Congress (ANC), striving for political and social change in a climate of extreme racial oppression resulting from the South African government’s apartheid laws.
In June 1961, Mandela and his colleagues came to the conclusion that it would be ineffective for African leaders to continue preaching passive resistance at a time when the government met their peaceful demands with force. This decision to engage in more aggressive forms of political struggle led to Mandela’s arrest.
The trial resulted in a life sentence for Mandela and seven of his colleagues. During his imprisonment, Mandela became a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement by continually refusing to sacrifice his ideals in exchange for freedom.
Mandela was eventually freed as a result of great pressure from the international community. After his release in February 1990, he aggressively strove to attain the goals he and others had laid out decades earlier—to achieve a just and equal society for people of all colors.
In 1993, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of all South Africans who had suffered to bring equality to their land. The era of the South African apartheid formally ended April 27, 1994. Two weeks later, after a lifetime dedicated to fighting for a fair government, Rolihlahla Nelson Dalibunga Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa.
Since the end of his presidential term in 1998, Mandela has continued to advocate for many social and human rights organizations. By his perseverance to achieve equality for all in the face of overwhelming adversity, Nelson Mandela’s life answers the question, “What can one person do?”
Inspiration. Pass It On!
This billboard about inspiration features Nelson Mandela.
love is louder movement Let's try and lessen the amount of suicide And make people feel good about thereselves
Lania Whiteside 6 days ago from United States
Mandela has taught us that hope of seeing others freed can keep us going for a long time. He is the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
Paul Shongwe 7 days ago from Cape Town
Bob 27 days ago from Earth
Nelson Mandela is a very inspiring person because he was sick and he pushed through it.
jaraizha about 1 month ago from killeen,texas
fupaul about 1 month ago from China
One person can inspire many and many can inspire a nation. I beleive people who live by their values accomplish a lot and are able to teach the world and people that we were born to make a difference in the lives of others by our special gifts that God boestowed upon us.God gave him wisdom, perseverance and patience.
Mona Moussa 3 months ago from EGypt
Tata Nelson Mandela he is a good person as he foght for South Africa against aprthaid now we are having a good life because of i love you Tata your a fighter
Mahlaoule Koketso Lawrence 4 months ago from mabuladihlare village
I am a grateful fan of the uplifting quotes, values and inspiration that have made me feel that I am not alone; that I can make a contribution to myself as well as others to fulfill purpose in this world. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Yolanda Contreras 5 months ago from Provo, Ut.
I like Nelson Mandela! And I wish every country leader would be like him and also learn from him.
May God bless you Madela
Hellena 5 months ago from Uganda
Thank you, sir, for your contribution to the cause of equality and justice...it has had effect the world-wide, not only in your country of South Africa. God bless you now that your health is failing, and may God bring comfort to your family and to the people of South Africa when you pass. Your legacy will live on.
Michaele Adams 5 months ago from St Petersburg, FL USA
Few have accomplished the spectacular results that President Mandela accomplished in his life for Human Rights...to date. The workd needs another Mandela..NOW! Is there one out there who can rise to the challenge? Many "Pretenders"...few Champions! The WORLD needs to wake-up!
Clay Williams 6 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia USA
A true legacy and inspiration for all mankind to continue pursuing equality and growth from a champion of the free world, Mr Nelson Mandela.
Manuel Pouparinas 8 months ago from Alabama
When it comes to this icon I want to cry, considering the lengths of years he served for the country to be where it is. He may not have done it alone but the strides he individually went through makes him my BEST HUMAN BEING I've ever known.
Tumi Maibelo 8 months ago from Pretoria( RSA)
nelson mandela was a great man. one of my dreams is to meet him but it may not get to come true.
india robinson mone't 8 months ago from columbus georgia
I love this guy! It makes me want to burst out in tears. He inspires me so much and I want to grow up to be just like him. His quotes inspire me everyday I go on this site and go to his billboard and read his quote. It cheers me up when I'm sad or having a bad day.
BILL 9 months ago from U.S.
THE BEGINNING OF SACRIFICE IS A COST BUT THE END IS REWARDING. IT IS WORTH SACRIFICING FOR A POSITIVE CAUSE EXAMPLE NELSON MANDELA.
EDWIN about 1 year ago from LONDON
We are discussing leadership and power in our class right now and I think President Mandela is the epitome of a value driven leader who used his power efficiently to reconcile a country torn apart by racial prejudice.
Henneh Kota about 1 year ago from MN, USA
Mandela's words continue to be both an inspiration and a challenge to us as South Africans.Individually we need to make the choice to live with others in mind; together we need to act to achieve the changes we all want in our country.
Jo over 1 year ago from Cape Town, South Africa
Wow my husband was driving home this evening and saw this billboard of Nelson Mandela. A simply breathtaking photo on a billboard in small town Alabama . The man who fought for his beliefs ; went to prison for 27 years and whom I voted for in the 1994 elections to be my President. Now his face appears in my county and draws me closer to SA...Madiba...you have changed many peoples lives.
Maria Andrew-Michael over 1 year ago from Foley ,AL
A legend and a mentor for life, Wish African Leaders can toe his part and beliefs, then things can be good for Africa.
Okechukwu over 1 year ago from London
Truly inspiring and motivating....A great Mogul
Ayoade over 1 year ago from Nigeria
That is powerful. Thank you for sharing Mandela's story. I realize that his life teaches me to embrace change. It's not about competing with others for what we believe is good for the whole. Instead Mandela's leadership despite the personal cost is what inspires us to live-up-to a higher calling. The hero within us.
Stacia over 1 year ago from New York, NY
"What can one person do? It starts first and foremost with one's self denial to the comforts offered by the world. Like Mandela change to his country and perhaps to the whole world wouldn't have come had he chosen to look for himself. I am convinced that self sacrifice is the only way one can make such an impact of change to his his family, his neighbor perhaps his country and who knows maybe the whole world?
Jojo Lopez over 1 year ago from Honolulu Hawaii