February 11, 2009

Nelson Mandela

On this day in history, February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was freed from prison.

As a young man, Nelson Mandela was an active opponent of South Africa's apartheid regime. Initially committed to non-violent struggle, he became the leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress after the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, when police opened fire on several thousand protesters.

He was sentenced to life in prison in 1964, but international pressure led to his release in 1990. Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected his country's first black president in 1994.

More about Mandela is in this Free Dictionary article.

Nelson Mandela Quotes:

"In my country we go to prison first and then become President."

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner."

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.