Get to know Nelson Mandela

18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013

Nelson Mandela 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013

Since his passing on Thursday, December 5, the news has been flooded with the name and face of Nelson Mandela (and rightfully so).  The famed politician and human rights activist will be sorely missed in his home country of South Africa and around the world.  Many of us have a vague idea of what he did – after being jailed in South Africa for 27 years he was released in 1990.  After his release he continued efforts to organize fellow South Africans and peacefully fight for equal human rights.  His efforts helped to end apartheid (the government sponsored system of racial segregation which began in 1948) in 1994.  During a 20+ year portion of apartheid, non-whites were not even allowed to vote.  In the same year that apartheid ended, Nelson Mandela became the first Black president of South Africa.  He helped bring together a country that had been torn apart by superficial barriers of racial hatred.

But this is just a snippet of a long life full of adversity and triumph – he died at age 95.  As part of my goal to make the world a better place I would like to share some resources for learning more about this amazing figure.

If you like to read, here are a few good links for information on his life and accomplishments:
Nelson Mandela Biography via Nelson Mandela Foundation
Nelson Mandela’s life and times via BBC
Nelson Mandela via wikipedia

If you have children, don’t leave them out.  The BBC has a great site here with information formatted for school-age children to digest.  As the old quote goes, if we do not learn our history we are destined to repeat it.

If you like to watch, The Guardian has a great breakdown of who all has played Nelson Mandela in movies and how effective their portrayal was here.  The BBC has a number of videos and pictures of the life of Mandela here. Below is the trailer for the latest Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba.

If you have any other good resources please share in the comments.  If you have a favorite Mandela movie or moment let me know.