Belief #3When Change Starts

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A major change happened in South Africa in 1994—the year of the first democratic elections, the year that brought Nelson Mandela’s party into power. When you hear people outside of South Africa talk about the changes there, they cite 1994 as the beginning of that change. Some people in the United States would say it started with sanctions levied in the 1980s. Change always seems to start when we become conscious of it.

But the current changes in South Africa can be traced back to the mid-1900s and earlier—to courageous actions by people in prisons; to committed actions by some business leaders who saw apartheid as an economic disaster; to debates, dialogues, and personal leadership by church leaders, ...

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