April 18, 2013
“A good leader can engage in debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed” (Brainy Quote). These are inspirational words from South African anti-apartheid activist and revolutionary politician Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was born 18, July 1918. He was South Africa’s eleventh president and it’s first democratically elected president. He protested against apartheid by leading the African National Congress (ANC). He was in jail for 27 years on a charge of sabotage for his work with ANC. Nelson Mandela received a Nobel peace prize in 1993 and became the first black president of South Africa. Nelson Mandela embodies what it means to be a natural leader because he stood up for the people of color, sacrificed his own life, and persisted to become the first black president.
The first reason why South Africa began to go from apartheid to anti-apartheid came when Nelson Mandela stood up for the people of color. Nelson Mandela went on to become the first in his family to attend school, which allowed him to know more about South Africa. Then, at the age of 24 he joined the African National Congress (ANC) and with others created a group called ANC Youth League. “In 1949, ANC officially adopted the youth league’s methods of boycott, strike, civil disobedience and non-cooperation, with policy goals of full citizenship, redistribution of land, trade union rights, and free and compulsory education for all children”(Mandela 3). This quote demonstrates how the African National Congress was out of control leading them to adopt the youth league’s message to take control and make a changes. Mandela stood up for the people of color because they could not speak up for themselves demonstrating that he was a natural leader even in his young age.
The second reason why South...
Cited: "Nelson Mandela." 2013. The Biography Channel website. May 23 2013 http://www.biography.
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