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Nelson Mandela

 

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

“An Ideal for which I am Prepared to Die” speech, delivered from the dock at the opening of Nelson Mandela’s trial on charges of sabotage, Supreme Court of South Africa, Pretoria, 20 April 1964

After qualifying as a lawyer, Nelson Mandela (born 18 July 1918) became a political activist with the African National Congress (ANC), which was banned for its opposition to apartheid – the South African government’s policy of racial segregation. In 1960 Mandela was leader of Umkhonto ...

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